Miami Beach Jet Lag Journal: Parking Garage Turned Penthouse in Miami Beach
I went to the coolest cocktail party in Miami Beach recently, at 1111 Lincoln Road. Among all the shops and restaurants is a giant parking structure owned by developer Robert Wennett. When you walk through the ground floor, a large cedar door with a knob clicks open to let you onto a private elevator. Up you go to the rooftop, where Robert’s spare, gorgeous, and heavily-staffed home looks as though it hangs suspended underneath the concrete Brutalist parking garage architecture. When the elevator doors opens, you are greeted by a wide glass wall, through which is a living room outfitted with artwork, and then another wide glass wall looking out to the view – like the living room is floating in the air. The sloping ceiling of the garage created a lush tropical garden with benches and giant Buddhas, plus an infinity pool overlooking the sparkling city lights of Miami.
Designed by architects Herzog and de Meuron (who also designed the Parrish Art Museum in the Hamptons that you can admire here), this is one of the very few residential homes the firm has ever built. They wanted to keep the home so spare that it would even eliminate artwork and books from the walls. That was a no-go for Robert, but the spareness and elegance is intact nonetheless, with giant walls that can move and adjust to create hallways, and a beautiful white oak library that looks like the interior of a well-appointed ship.
All photos courtesy Vanity Fair: They Paved Paradise and Live in a Parking Lot