You’ve never seen a parking garage this beautiful, guaranteed. 1111 Lincoln Road is a parking garage where people get married, a developer with a vision calls home, a world class architecture firm designed, a high-end boutique is located, anyone can eat a burger – and yes, park their car.
When 1111 Lincoln Road was still just a rising pile of concrete and construction dust the city was already abuzz. It was clear that this building, on the very visible and highly trafficked corner of Alton and Lincoln Road on Miami Beach, was going to be different. When word started to spread that it would be a parking garage, shopping, and dining “experience” designed by the architectural team Herzog & de Meuron, fresh off the Beijing Olympics Bird’s Nest Stadium, the city was officially intrigued.
Upon its opening in 2010 it was clear that 1111 Lincoln Road, the $65 million parking garage, was more than just a solution to a parking problem. The beautiful structure, equal parts distinctive design and functional retail space, quickly became a buzzed about topic. The interesting retail choices, from a burger joint notorious in New York for a long line to a Nespresso Café and a tucked away gift shop with designer labels, kept the locals talking, the design community intrigued and visitors stopping by.
The concrete and glass building has 300 parking spaces and 360 degree views of the city, the bridge to Miami Beach, and of course, the beach itself. It features seven exposed concrete slabs supported on zig –zagging concrete columns. The structure is flooded with natural light and is one of the best places in the city to watch the sunset. There are no exterior walls and the high ceilings (up to 34 feet high, much taller than an average garage) are meant to capture the essence of Miami Beach – “all muscle without the cloth.”
It takes a man with a plan and a team of experts to execute a vision like 1111 – a parking garage that isn’t an eye sore – and Miami developer and art collector Robert Wennett was that man. When Wennett, whose previous development work was in Manhattan’s Meatpacking District and Washington D.C’s Dupont Circle, bought the space in 2005 he knew he wanted to incorporate the existing structure, a 60’s era banking building, develop a parking structure, and build a home for himself and his partner on the top floor. It was a tall request but famed architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron, a Swiss firm with international reach (The Olympic Bird’s Nest in Beijing, the transformation of the Tate Modern gallery in London), were up for the challenge.
Herzog & de Meuron specialized in urban plans such as this and found a cohesive way to integrate the old building into the plan for the new one. They played with a balance of opposites – an open building to contrast with the closed, boxy building that had long stood on the grounds. As for the other requests, retail and dining spaces, and the 5,200 square foot home with a pool above the bank on the top floor they were woven into the design; in fact, the home is intrinsic to the design of the garage that most don’t even know it’s there – even if they’ve parked right next to it.
1111 Lincoln Road offers much more than parking, with a view. Its home base for some of the most inventive retail spots in the city. The 16 retail spaces are a uniquely curated bunch, all “concept stores.”
If you’re shopping for clothes you’ll want to make the first stop at Alchemist, a designer boutique specializing in high-end duds for the aesthete. They’re located both on the 5th floor and on the main level. Labels include top contemporary names in the fashion world like Peter Pilotto, Dries Van Noten, Rodarte, Rick Owens and Isabel Marant.
Other notable stores for the high-end shopper include Osklen, a Brazilian label that feels perfectly at home transplanted from beachy Rio to the middle of Miami Beach, Adidas SLVR and Y3 both specializing in high-concept athletic clothing and accessories, artsee a boutique with only eyewear by eyewear designers, Taschen an outpost for the most beautiful books you can find and so much more.
Juvia, the penthouse restaurant atop 1111 Lincoln, is a uniquely 1111 Lincoln Road kind of place; the DJ was imported from France, a vertical garden greets you at the entrance, and of course, the food is delicious, just as good, if not better, than the view. The restaurant features both inside and outside seating, an open kitchen and a bar. The food is Asian meets Peruvian, all prepared with the meticulous technique of the French, and the cocktails are curiously crafted and include ingredients you may not recognize or expect to see on a drink list, but are sure to be delicious.
You can host events of your own on the 7th floor with 1111 Lincoln Road Special Events. Corporate events, parties and even weddings have taken advantage of the unusual space and architectural beauty for parties that can accommodate up to 700 people and still feel intimate against the 360 degree view of the city.
For a low-key but very delicious burger with a cult following head over to Danny Meyer’s Shake Shack. The New York transplant has found as fervid a following with Miami natives and visitors. For a taste of why it’s so popular order the Shack Stack, a burger with a Portobello mushroom stuffed with cheese, fries and a shake all made with high quality ingredients.
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