|Lincoln Road ramble
by Augustus Mayhew
South Beach’s cutting-edge transient styles and Palm Beach’s rigid high-hedge traditions showcase today’s clash of cultural extremes where I-pulsive text-and-tweet antenna heads show little enthusiasm or compassion for yesterday’s cast-iron norms and rationales.
When better for a latest outside-the-box look at Lincoln Road on Miami Beach than with Worth Avenue undergoing a $15.8 million makeover, including new sidewalks and a clock tower, yes, a clock tower. Hard to believe there was ever a time when these two iconic shopping aisles ever shared a similar portfolio of shops. Today’s Lincoln Road, now a “premier pedestrian promenade,” offers a breather for the Beverly Hills-Berlin-Buenos Aires set as Worth Avenue entertains the Grosse Pointe-UES-Chestnut Hill traffic who savor the quaint retail standards established by town-serving codes.
|With projects from Beijing to Southampton, architectural partners Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron, accompanied by their 200+ associates, practice by way of a worldwide aesthetic license. In addition to their design for the Miami Art Museum scheduled to open in 2013, Herzog & de Meuron has installed an urbane concrete with a touch of glass multi-functional parking garage described as “all muscle without cloth” on Miami Beach at 1111 Lincoln Road, referenced as 11 11 Lincoln Road. For the extension of the Lincoln Road pedestrian plaza along 11 11’s south elevation, the acclaimed designers collaborated with Raymond Jungles who created what some have termed an “Urban Glade.” The ensemble of Florida native trees and undergrowth planted within and around geometric water gardens is “ bold, simple and timeless,” according to Jungles, a Miami-based landscape architect who is also at work a few block east of 11 11 at Frank Gehry’s New World Symphony campus.
Here is a glimpse of new and old Lincoln Road, along with a South Beach panorama snapped late Friday afternoon from atop 11 11, Herzog & de Meuron’s compelling sculptural study in concrete.
|Books & Books is secluded in the Sterling Building’s courtyard.||The I-police cited this man for reading a book and fined him for not texting and Kindling.|
|Whatever the SoBe It is at the moment, this fivesome looks like they have It.||At nearby Joe Allan’s, Ana Matos Pizzorni was having a baby shower.|
|Friday afternoon South Beach panorama from atop 1111 Lincoln Road|
|Photographs by Augustus Mayhew.|