The landmark Fontainebleau Miami Beach is the best building in Florida, according to an online competition organized by the Florida Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA Florida). The organization recently launched the Top 100 Buildings online competition to commemorate its 100-year anniversary. Four weeks and 2.4 million votes later, the much-anticipated results are in, and the Fontainebleau garnered the most votes from the public.
“We are thrilled with the overwhelming response from the public,” said Vicki Long, Executive Director of AIA Florida. “We hope this competition succeeded in highlighting the accomplishments of so many talented architects who have contributed to the rich, colorful skyline in Florida.”
The competition was launched last month in Tallahassee on the steps of the Historic Old Capitol (a top 100 building) to feature the beauty and wonder of Florida’s architecture. The buildings in the competition were nominated by AIA Florida’s local chapters, which submitted standout buildings in their regions to a panel of acclaimed architects, who then narrowed the list to the top 100 buildings.
Fontainebleau Miami Beach has stood as an American architectural icon since its grand opening in 1954. The most significant building of architect Morris Lapidus’ career, Fontainebleau Miami Beach’s emblematic curvilinear design came to define the Miami Beach skyline. Marked by Lapidus’ signature details – such as bow-tie design motifs, circular ceilings and columns, and the infamous “Staircase to Nowhere” – Fontainebleau was the first of its kind.
“In 2008, Jeffrey & the Soffer family re-opened the Fontainebleau Miami Beach after a billion dollar renovation which sought to uncover Morris Lapidus’ original vision, and mark a rebirth of an enduring architectural landmark in Miami Beach,” said Phil Goldfarb, President and Chief Operating Officer of Fontainebleau Miami Beach. “This award is a testament to the magnificent restoration of Lapidus’ work and the international team of architects assembled to accomplish that task. We are honored and want to thank the millions who voted to help us achieve this top placement.”
About Fontainebleau Miami Beach
A revered Miami Beach landmark for more than 50 years set on more than 20 oceanfront acres, Fontainebleau Miami Beach boasts 1,504 new guestrooms and suites outfitted with iMacs; 12 restaurants and lounges, most notably three AAA Four Diamond signature restaurants, Gotham Steak, Scarpetta and Hakkasan; two dynamic nightlife venues; the 40,000-square-foot Lapis spa with mineral-rich water therapies and co-ed swimming pools; and a dramatic oceanfront poolscape.
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