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Miami: everything but black and white

Miami boasts thriving districts, fabulous pool hotels and an endless sandy beach. ¦ SWISS Magazine December 2018 / January 2019

Text:
Patricia Engelhorn
Photos:
Agi Simoes
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Remember “Miami Vice”? And cool cops in flashy cars chasing felons down Ocean Drive? That was back in the 1980s. It captured a lifestyle that only seemed to exist in sunny, easy-going Florida. All in the past? No way!

It’s its art deco district that has earnedSouth Beach its fame. The watersideOcean Drive and the streets behind arehome to wonderful buildings from the1930s. Once a retirees’ preserve, manyof them have been transformed intohotels for a new hip young clientele.

Today it’s in Lamborghinis that the smart set cruise around. The men wear muscle shirts, while the women go for high heels and extravagant sunglasses. See and be seen: That’s the rule round here. At the same time, though, Miami has reinvented itself – and more than once, too. Hardly had South Beach been transformed from a retirees’ refuge to a nightlife nirvana than visionaries started turning the abandoned warehouses of another neglected neighbourhood into the elegant Design District. Next came Wynwood, a quarter now full of arty graffiti. Downtown, drab and dangerous ten years ago, is nowadays elegant and expensive. And then there’s MiMo, the city’s latest up-and-coming district. All this, plus almost 3,000 hours of sunshine a year and an endless beach where people sunbathe all year round.

Car parks are boring? Not in Miami! The Museum Garage in the Design District is the product of five architectural practices, and was inaugurated last April.
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