It seems as though Miami is making a footprint in the world of architecture. CNN.com recently named Miami the future architecture capital of America.

Naturally, Stay Miami Beach decided to explore this bold statement a little further and discover a few of the many iconic buildings that this beautiful city has to offer. The architecture variety extends beyond the very familiar art deco district, and of course, we’ve shared them with you.

In our digging, we discovered the historical beauty that is the Villa Vizcaya built back in 1914. One of Miami’s oldest and most stunning buildings still stands today as a museum so far removed from the Art Deco design-scape that Miami, particularly South Beach, is known for. The Italian-inspired Museum and Gardens are like a European escape without leaving the Miami area.

The very popular Fontainebleau Hotel on the Miami beach oceanfront strip also made it to the list. How could it not? Built in 1954 this hotel still remains one of the most famous and luxurious hotels in Miami. It’s unusual shape stands alone like no other. Home to the notorious Liv nightclub, this hotel was at one time, also the scenery for the 1964 James Bond ‘Goldfinger’.

You may not be able to park yourself here for breakfast in bed, but you sure can park your car in one of the most famous parking garages in the world. Designed by Herzog & de Meuron, 1111 Lincoln Road is one of Miami’s newer structural designs, but it’s being recognized as the most spectacular parking garage you’ve ever seen and it’s found on the famous Lincoln Mall shopping and dining strip.

It’s apparent that Miami has a variety of iconic architectural buildings – many of which differ so greatly from each other in terms of style, design and historical significance. It was a challenge to reduce the list to highlight only 3 of Miami’s incredible buildings, but we wanted to entice you with this sample list to give you reason to visit and explore the other architectural wonders this city has to offer.

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