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Thursday, July 14, 2011

Modernism in Florida

Two International Style structures make up Miami's Bacardi Complex, and this one, cantilevered 47 feet above the ground, was designed in 1974 by Ignacio Carrera-Justiz. The glass "tapestries" that wrap around the upper level were manufactured under the direction of French stained-glass artisans Gabriel and Jacques Loire after an abstract painting by German artist Johannes Dietz, and they represent an allegory of how rum is made from sugar cane.

In 1963 Enrique Gutierrez designed the first building for the Bacardi Complex. The azulejos (white Majolica tiles painted with oxides) show tropical plants in various tonalities of blue and were designed by Brazilian artist Francisco Brennand.

 Marathon: Presbyterian Kirk of the Keys, designed in 1958 by whom I do not know.

 Sarasota: Gateway Bank (1974) by Jack West.

 Lakeland: Annie Pfeiffer Chapel (1941) by Frank Lloyd Wright for the campus of Florida Southern College, which has the largest concentration of Wright buildings in the world.

 A mile and a half of covered walkways designed by Wright wind through the college.

 St. Petersburg: Salvador Dalí Museum (2011) by Hellmuth, Obata + Kassabaum. 

    Another view of the museum.

 Sarasota: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall (1969) by William Wesley Peters, a student of Frank Lloyd Wright.

Fort Lauderdale: Cascading water features and plantings blend masterfully at the U.S. Courthouse and Federal Office Building (1979) by William Morgan and H. J. Ross.

 Coral Gables: Temple Judea (1966) by Morris Lapidus. The trio of arches are said to represent the three purposes of a synagogue: study, assembly and prayer.

 Miami Beach: The five-story parking garage known as 1111 Lincoln Road (2010) by Herzog and de Meuron has 300 parking spaces.

Orlando: Public Library (1966) by John M. Johansen.

 Exposed concrete of the library's stairwell.

Celebration: Philip Johnson designed the city hall in 1996 for this Disney-created town.
To look at more images like the ones above, visit: Modernism in Florida
To look at more contempo architecture in the South, visit: Modernism in the Carolinas

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