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New World Center: the architect's symphony

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In this superb building by talented architect Frank Gehry, the music is sublime.

Architect of the new Louis Vuitton Foundation in Paris and the Guggenheim Bilbao, Frank Gehry designed this monument in a park known as the Miami Beach Soundscape. It took nearly three years and $160 million before this building was finished in January 2011.

From the outside, one sees only its huge glass facade, which gives the atrium beautiful light throughout the day. Inside, there are the curves and volumes that are the hallmark of Gehry. For spectators, there are 756 seats, none of which are more than 13 rows from the stage. The acoustics are reportedly excellent.

This achievement illustrates how Miami Beach is attracting the stars of world architecture: next door, in Lincoln Road, Swiss duo Herzog & de Meuron have designed a building. Guided tours of the New World Center are by reservation.

New World Center
500 17th St
Miami Beach FL 33139

+1 305 673 3330

www.nws.edu

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