Here Now, A Few Architecturally Significant Miami Rentals

Curbed Miami

by Sean McCaughan

Now presenting, architecturally significant apartment buildings around Miami


Technically low income housing because it has income caps, theCongress Building is an historic Beaux Arts building in the heart of downtown Miami. Designed and built in 1923-1926 as an office building by the architect Martin Luther Hampton, the Congress Building was converted to later converted to apartments.


Designed by Bernard Zyscovich, 2 Midtown is one of his better buildings. A collection of rental apartments/condos, and elevated townhouse-type-things, 2 Midtown has a few interesting features including that boxy orange area sliced out of it.


Without its red hole in the middle, the Loft II, wouldn’t particularly be an architectural tour de force. Maybe it still isn’t, but at least it’s a highlighton Downtown’s architectural parade. The hole, which has as an architectural precedent the hole at Atlantis, makes all the difference.


Icon Brickell is Icon Brickell. Sure, it’s boxy, and massive on the outside, but within that massiveness this Arquitectonica-designed building has a surprisingly undulating, textural facade. Mammoth columns designed by Philippe Starck elevate the building above the ground level drive. Interior designs by Mr. Starck are matched by interiors by Kelly Werstler in the Viceroy Hotel, attached.


For a little midcentury architectural flair, try the Octagon Towers in South Beach which, despite its name, is just one tower. The second was never built and is now the building’s parking lot. The building’s layout, with apartments arranged around a central sky-lit atrium, allows tons of window space.


In the heart of South Beach are dozens of small and very historic art deco apartment buildings, in a bucolic and verdant setting, where one can live surrounded by good architecture, good urbanism, and really annoying parking. This particular building, 820 Euclid currently has two units available.

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