Aiming high in Miami

An art museum, “rooms in the sky” and an art-deco icon for the Magic City

The lobby at Hotel Victor South Beach, Miami
The lobby at Hotel Victor South Beach, Miami | Image: Ken Hayden

Herzog & de Meuron’s first headline job in Miami was a multistorey car park – an angular concrete construction at 1111 Lincoln Road. Next up for the Swiss architectural duo is Pamm, the Pérez Art Museum Miami (www.pamm.org), opening this month in the city’s Museum Park. This oceanside building – on an elevated platform canopied with hanging gardens – will showcase art of the 20th and 21st centuries, bringing yet more fairy dust to Miami’s status as a contemporary-art mecca. But it is Miami’s residential developments that are perhaps displaying the city’s new face best of all, including “rooms in the sky” by Herzog & de Meuron, Zaha Hadid and John Pawson. Not that the old-school hotels – those sugary art-deco icons that first defined this winter playground – will be left out in the cold. Hotel Victor South Beach (www.hotelvictorsouthbeach.com; doubles from $350; pictured), occupying a 1937 building on Ocean Drive, has just reopened after a multimillion-dollar renovation under design firm Yabu Pushelberg, which upgraded all the rooms, suites, pool and cabanas. The hotel is owned by the same family who recently bought the beleaguered Versace mansion next door. They plan to make the late fashion designer’s home a boutique extension of the Victor – hopefully doing away with the air-conditioning system installed by its most recent incumbent (until May the mansion was known as “The Villa by Barton G”), which carried different “scents” into every room, in one of the more eccentric iterations of the Miami luxury lifestyle.

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