San Francisco has the Golden Gate Bridge. St. Louis has the Arch. Las Vegas has its retro welcome sign. It seems like every city has an iconic structure to represent itself to the rest of the world. Every city but Miami, that is. The Magic City is full of architectural gems, and maybe that's why no one building has come to define it. But that's left this town without a symbol of its own. In our Miami Icons series, we're aiming to fix that. Today, New Times web editor Jose D. Duran argues for Espirito Santo Plaza.
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|Espirito Santo Plaza: Miami's architectural monolith.|
Yo, Miami Tower, I'm really happy for you. Ima let you finish, but Espirito Santo Plaza is one the best Miami skyscrapers of all time.
Clichés aside, is there any argument that this algebraic curve of a building isn't beautiful?
The first time I really noticed the building was in 2006, shortly after moving back to Miami from college. I was driving north on I-95 when the glare from a building caught my eye. The sunlight playfully bounced off the concave arch that defines the monolithic tower.More »