Architectural Details at Night in Miami Beach

from the Artsology series The Arts Adventurer

I really enjoyed walking around Miami Beach at night and noticing how the architecture takes on dramatic appearances everywhere with the lighting and the effects of shadows on the buildings. Sometimes I noticed architectural details that felt like abstract art works in their own right when captured in some of these photographs. Check out this collection of architectural photography at night in Miami Beach.

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I love how something as simple as a stairwell for a parking garage gets a dramatic look and funky style as seen here on 17th Street near Meridian Court in Miami Beach. This contemporary architecture is contrasted by the vintage retro look of the Macy's building (formerly "Burdine's Department Store") across the street at right.

parking garage architecture in Miami Beach

Check out this picture of the hotel "W South Beach" (owned by Marriott) as seen at night - along with a detailed view of the angled private balconies, which become kind of an abstracted geometric art. The angled direction of the balconies have a functional purpose in addition to looking really cool - they are angled so that guests in each room get a view of the ocean, even those back closer to Collins Avenue as opposed to the rooms closer to the beach. Form and function combine here to dramatic effect, especially at night.

funky architectural style with angled balconies at the W Hotel in South Beach

detail of the angled balconies at the W Hotel in Miami Beach

Colored lighting also plays a strong role in the visual appearance of Miami Beach at night. Check out the blue lighting with white lights wrapped around palm tree trunks at the ESPN Studio building on Ocean Drive in South Beach, below left. The purple lighting, below right, is on the exterior of the Clevelander South Beach, a hotel next door at 1020 Ocean Drive.

blue lighting with white lights on palm trees at the ESPN Studio on Ocean Avenue in Miami Beach

purple lighting at the Clevender South Beach hotel in Miami Beach

Here's a pair of photographs of Miami Beach at night that take on more of an abstract art feel. Below left is a detail on the Akoya Luxury Condos building on Collins Avenue in Miami Beach; I like how the L-shaped beam has palm tree shadows on it but also creates its own interesting shadows on the part of the building to the right. Below right is a look upwards at the Mar del Plata condo building next door, also on Collins Avenue. I like how the vertical row of blue lights reminds me of a stack of Donald Judd sculptures, such as the Untitled," 1990 work by Judd on view at the Tate in the UK.

shadows on a building make abstract art in Miami Beach

architecture details with blue lights at night in Miami Beach

As I walked around Miami Beach - especially in the streets near my hotel in "Mid Beach," so many of the buildings were tall and one felt like one was walking through a canyon of architecture. But it's a totally different feel and vantage point when one simply walks over to the beach at night - I'll wrap up this feature on architecture in Miami Beach with this view of Mid Beach from the beach. The orange lighting with palm tree silhouettes makes for a nice contrast with the milky clouds above.

Miami Beach architecture at night as seen from the beach

See more of our arts adventures in Miami here.

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