The architecture of Miami is a study in contrasts. The vibrant coastal city embraces diverse structures, from Versace’s uber-traditional villa to sleek modern award-winners.

VERSACE VILLA. Casa Casuarina reflects the late Gianni Versace‘s embrace of traditional Italian and Classical motifs. The South Beach villa recently dropped in price from $125 million to $100 million, the South Florida Business Journal reported.

Versace mansion

Image via Forbes. Photo: Casa Casuarina, LLC

The estate was built in 1930 and inspired by the historic home of Christopher Columbus’ family. Versace purchased the home in 1992 and renovated it, adding Classically-inspired gardens, a pool, and a mosaic that includes his trademark Medusa logo.
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Versace villa

Image via Forbes. Photo: Casa Casuarina, LLC

Built in 1930, the house was inspired by the Alcazar de Colon, the colonial palace where the family of Christopher Columbus once lived.

Versace villa

Image via Forbes. Photo: Casa Casuarina, LLC.

 

AIA MIAMI AWARD WINNERS. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) grants awards to innovative architectural designs that enhance their sites. 17 awards were given in six categories. Here are two of the winning designs. The first is an unbuilt design, by Oppenheim Architecture, for Wharf Road.

Unbuilt Design award winner Oppenheim Architecture + Design for Wharf Road.

Unbuilt Design award winner Oppenheim Architecture + Design for Wharf Road.

The second winning design is for the Miami International Airport MetroRail Station. Perez & Perez Architecture designed the futuristic structure with traffic circulation in mind.

Excellence in Architecture award winner Perez & Perez Architecture Planners for the Miami International Airport MetroRail Station.

Excellence in Architecture award winner Perez & Perez Architecture Planners for the Miami International Airport MetroRail Station.

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