Lincoln Road in South Beach is one of those rare pedestrian-only streets in a city of cars and traffic that reminds one of Barcelona’s tourist-trap Las Ramblas in many ways. Except now several companies, developers, and designers have moved in to rethink Lincoln Road and regentrify the area, producing buildings, stores, and restaurants meant to usher in a new era for the foot traffic on this road. Real estate developer Robert Wennett’s 1111 Lincoln Road is the biggest and showiest of the projects here and seeks to “further Miami’s international prominence as a 21st-century destination for art, commerce, and culture.” While Wennett has managed to pull in several international retailers for his multi-purpose building, it remains to be seen if he will have the same success with Lincoln Road as he has had with his other projects, like the Meatpacking District in Manhattan. If you’re planning a vacation in one of Miami’s luxury villa rentals you may want to head down to Lincoln Road to see for yourself the evolution currently taking place here.
|1111 Lincoln Road
The 1111 Lincoln Road project is the brain child of Wennett and the design of Swiss-based firm Herzog & de Meuron who are responsible for projects like the Tate Modern and the Beijing Bird’s Nest Olympic Stadium, as well, they are the architects for Miami’s new Art Museum. The architects worked with a variety of artists, designers, and landscape architects to bring the idea of 1111 to life. The building, located at the corner of Lincoln Road and Alton Road, has been created as a place where people can shop, dine, live, and park.
There is valet parking here and space for 300 cars, a solution for the often onerous task of finding somewhere to leave your car while tackling pedestrian-only Lincoln Road on foot. Wennett, who also worked on the regentrification of areas like DC’s Dupont Circle, recognized that parking is a problem that the area–like most urban centers–faced and sought to create a complex that not only addressed the practical issue, but also brought beauty, modernity and function to a neighborhood that had fallen on tough times.
|The Taschen Store at 1111 Lincoln Road
|The Alchemist Boutique, Lincoln Road
|Parking at 1111 Lincoln Road