August 24, 2022
Miami Beach gets 36 Colorful New Lifeguard Towers
As befits the work of an architect who studied with Rem Koolhaas and I. M. Pei, the towers are formally rigorous, yet they also feel spiritual, imbued with a life force and personality. “They are very much about animism and persona,” Lane notes, citing the Moai figures on Easter Island as an inspiration. “I was riffing on [Florida’s] shotgun houses, Cracker homes, and Key West architecture. I was trying to translate that basic wood construction into something painterly and sculptural, sort of like sentinels looking out to sea.”
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