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The Newest Architectural Capital of the US is Not Where You Think It Is

Immerse yourself in a little bit of architecture. It makes you look good.

Miami is the last city of America that any person would think to have some of the awe-inspiring buildings for architecture. It’s more known for its beaches and nightlife, but buildings and architecture? Highly unlikely.

Now, Miami’s cityscape is rapidly growing as new developments are built month upon month. While’s there’s no specific building that defines the city, it is still booming and rising as the next architectural capital of the country.

1. Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

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Italian Renaissance and Baroque architecture combined is what Villa Vizcaya is known for. Formal gardens common to palaces, over-the-top opulence is the defining factor of this development. Lavish since 1910, it now operates as an art museum.

2. Faena Forum

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Taking its inspiration from Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires and the Forum in Rome, the Faena Forum is a 50,000 square-foot building located in Mid-Beach. Designed by Pritzker winner Rem Koolhaas and the Office for Metropolitan Culture, the building features large and flexible spaces for performances and events.

3. Villa Casa Caurina

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Originally built by the heir of Standard Oil, this mansion was then bought by Gianni Versace in 1993 for $2.9 million. The famous designer poured in around $33 million in renovations. Casa Casuarina features a “million dollar” pool made of 24k gold tiles.

4. Adrienne Arsht Center

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Built by Cesar Pelli, the Adrienne Arsht Center is made up of a crystalline complex consisting of two main buildings, the concert hall and the opera house. It also features design based on Afro-Caribbean motifs.

5. 1111 Lincoln Road or The Garage

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Designed by Herzog and de Meuron, Eleven Eleven is a modern and sophisticated take on modern parking garages. The structure also started Miami’s love for high design commercial projects.

6. New World Center

The New World Center is known for its huge 7,000 square foot exterior projection wall that allows the crowd to watch the performance held inside from the outside while enjoying the gardens. The building was collaborated between famous acoustic engineer Yasuhisa Toyota and Frank Gehry.

7. SLS Brickell Hotel and Residences

The SLS Brickell Hotel and Residences was, built by one of Miami’s respected architectural firms and designed by Philippe Starck. Sleek lines and reserved luxury is what this elegant building is all about.

8. The Biltmore in Coral Gables

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The Biltmore used to be the tallest building in Florida and it also boasted the world’s largest pool. It’s a mix of Mediterranean- Beaux arts. The dramatic ceilings, Arabian tiles and palm trees will instantly get you to relax and have fun.

9. The Delano

Another famous luxury boutique hotel in Miami, The Delano is deco in style and was revamped by famous French designer Philippe Starck.

10. The Raleigh Hotel

Considered the grande dame of all Miami hotels, The Raleigh was one of the last masterpieces of Art Deco legend Lawrence Murray Dixon. It was bought by Hilfiger Hospitality and is currently being planned to be turned to a private member’s club.

11. Perez Art Museum Miami

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Another Herzog and de Meuron masterpiece, this 200,000 square foot structure is a work of art in itself. Hanging gardens and amazing views from all sides of the structure, the Perez Art Museum, that houses the vast art collection of art collector Jorge Perez, will bring out the creative person in you.

12. Fontainebleau Miami Beach

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Apart from it being one of the locations in films such as “Scarface”, “The Bodyguard” and “Goldfinger”, the Fontainebleau serves as the model of luxury hotels in Miami. It was designed by famous architect Morris Lapidus.

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La Sagrada Familia Under Construction Since 1882, Will Finally Finish in 2026!

Why is this structure taking too long to build anyway?

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The Sagrada Familia is one of the famous attractions in Spain. It is a declared UNESCO World Heritage site and is also the record-holder as the tallest Catholic church in the world. It stands at 560ft tall or 170 meters. But another record it holds is that for 144 years since its construction began, the La Sagrada Familia is still not finished!

The lovely Sagrada Familia illuminated at night - but with construction cranes as photobomber!

The Background

The full name of the church is Templo Expiatorio de la Sagrada Familia (the Expiatory Church of the Holy Family). The project began in 1882 under architect Francisco Paula de Villar and was actually publicly funded. A year later, Antoni Gaudi took over as its architect. Gaudi designed a far more ambitious blueprint than the original plan. He drew up a church with 5 naves, a transept, an apse, exterior ambulatory, 18 towers and 3 facades! Yep the church has 3 "fronts" which all look differently depending which direction you are taking the picture from. They are named as Nativity, Passion and Glory and each depicting scenes from the life of the Holy Family and of Jesus. ...

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Mysterious British Island Celebrates Christmas Two Weeks Late

This island in Britain celebrates their Christmas and New Year two weeks later than everyone else.

Christmas is a holiday celebrated all around the world on the 25th of December, and no other day would Christmas be Christmas if it isn't on that date. However, a very peculiar society living in a remote offshore island in Britain celebrate there Christmas two weeks after everyone in the world already did.

How rude of them, you say? Well, not really. The residents on Foula in Shetland follow a different calendar than the rest of the world. Not only that, they will also celebrate New Year two weeks after the 1st of January celebrations. Foula follows the old Julian calendar that marks the Yule on January 6th and Newerday on the 13th.

Breathtaking backdrop on Foula in Shetland

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Things to Bring to Keep Your Kids Happy While Traveling

Here’s how you minimize stress when traveling with youngsters.

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Traveling with kids can be a stressful experience if not managed properly. You could imagine the horror of screaming and endless crying while on the plane or sleepless nights in the hotel. That is the reason why some parents would opt not to go out-of-town or travel long distances with their children.

However, traveling as a family could strengthen your bond and would be a priceless memory for you and your kids. Also, traveling could also be unavoidable sometimes.

So instead of stressing yourself out and making your travel experience a nightmare, plan ahead and prepare these things to make your journey as smooth as possible....

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