Miami Beach Art Deco Skyline
The Art Deco Historic District in Miami Beach contains the largest collection of Art Deco Architecture in the United States. Conceived in the spirit of other city skyline sets in the LEGO Architecture series, my Miami Beach Art Deco Skyline model is an abbreviated cruise down Collins Avenue and Ocean Drive, with sea and sand of South Beach to one side, and four notable landmark hotel buildings on the other.
First is the Marlin Hotel, constructed in 1939, and designed by architect Lawrence Murray Dixon, one of the defining designers of South Beach Deco. The pastel colors, ziggurat stepped facade, and curved corners are all hallmarks of the style.
Next is the McAlpin Hotel, another Lawrence Murray Dixon design constructed in 1940. Small yet distinctive, its geometric patterns and tropical color palate make this much-photographed destination a landmark.
We then arrive at The Deleno, constructed in 1947, designed by architect Robert Swartburg. The elegant, angular, stark white, 15-story tower was the tallest in Miami at the time of its completion.
Finally is the Breakwater Hotel, constructed in 1936, designed by architect Anton Skislewicz. The streamlined horizontal building, reminiscent of an ocean liner, is punctuated by a colorful, neon-clad, glowing spire.
Details such as palm trees, crashing waves, sidewalk umbrellas and 1950's tailfin cars add a unique Miami Beach feel. Each building uses different techniques of LEGO assembly to capture the essence of the Art Deco designs.
While the individual buildings are constructed at a larger scale from other city skyline sets currently produced by LEGO, at approximately 14-inches long, 6-inches high, and a total of just over 1,000 bricks in the set, the overall build is similar in scale to other sets in the LEGO Architecture series such as the US Capitol Building, Trevi Fountain and the Louvre.
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