Like sweet-and-salty fried plantains, Miami’s skyline has a delicate balance. The striking angles of some buildings balance out the smooth curves of others. The result is a skyline like no other.

 

STRIKING ANGLES

  • Performing arts center.  The Adrienne Arsht Center by architectural firm Pelli Clarke Pelli has angular forms that collide with grace.
Miami Skyline

Miami Skyline image via Architectural Record. Photo: Robin Hill.

 

Miami Performing Arts Center

Miami Performing Arts Center image via Pelli Clarke Pelli.


  • Brickell World Plaza. This ‘green’ skyscraper in downtown Miami has crisp angles and clean lines. The form is accompanied by function —  Brickell earned LEED Platinum certification for its eco features, which include water filtration.
Brickell Plaza

Image via Brickell World Plaza

SMOOTH CURVES

  • Banco Espirito Santo. This bank building by KPF (with SB Architects and Swanke Hayden Connell) has a graceful indentation on its west facade. Architectural Record says this curve is:

 “a parabolic arch symbolizing Miami’s status as a gateway to Latin America.”

Miami Skyline

Miami Skyline image via Architectural Record. Photo: Robin Hill.

 

  • Moderne. Historic Streamline Moderne style buildings such as Jerry’s Deli often have curves that run parallel to each other.

 

Miami Moderne

Image via South Beach Magazine.

Leslie Saul & Associates has architecture and interior design projects in Miami, Cambridge, and nation-wide. View our portfolio on Behance.