06-07-22 | News

Vagabond Hotel, Miami, Florida

Lewis Aqui Landscape + Architectural Design
by Staff

This iconic hotel reopened its doors after being abandoned and closed for decades. In a rescue mission the owner Avra Jain, had a vision to bring it back to its original look and characteristic of a midcentury landmark.
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This classic hotel depicts all the characteristics of the Miami Modern style (MIMO Architecture), including an open-air plan, geometric designs, angular planes, overhanging roof lines and "Eyebrows", natural stone veneering, and sculptural elements and focal points depicting marine life and other nautical themes typical of the era. The Motel was originally designed in the 1950's by B. Robert Swartburg who was one of the most prominent and innovative architects in Miami-Dade County. He created other landmark structures as the Miami Civic Center Complex and the Delano Hotel.
Lewis Aqui was commissioned to recreate the outdoor spaces. He used the planting palette that is primarily native to South Florida and which was popularly used in the mid-century designs. At the same time Lewis kept in mind a planting design palette that is "Florida Friendly" which conserves water, protects the environment, adaptable to local conditions and is resilient.

The hotel has won several awards including the Florida Preservation Award from Florida Trust for Historic Preservation.

The upcoming Resort and Hotel Development Issue of Landscape Architect and Specifier News saw many firms submit their projects for feature consideration. This project was not chosen for a Feature in the issue, but we at thought the project deserved to be showcased online . . .


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