Fontainebleau Miami Beach
Poised to recapture its place among the world’s most celebrated resort playgrounds. Morris Lapidus’ emblematic curvilinear building, originally the subject of outrage by critics before being embraced by the world’s architects, designers and travelers alike, today defines Miami Beach’s often-exuberant architectural aesthetic. His once avant-garde building is now an enduring architectural masterpiece and perhaps more importantly, his spirit and sense of theater now shapes a spectacular $1 billion rebirth. Lapidus once wrote “If you create a stage and it is grand, everyone who enters will play their part” and few would argue that the new Fontainebleau will succeed in offering a pulse-quickening setting in which guests can make an unforgettable entrance. Virtually every aspect of the 22-acre showplace will celebrate the architect’s flair for the theatrical. Fronting the Atlantic Ocean, the new 1,504-room resort’s most distinguishing features will include two new towers, 11 restaurants and lounges, a 40,000-square-foot spa, 200,000 square feet of meeting, pre-function and outdoor function space and dramatic oceanfront poolscape featuring a free-form pool shaped as a modern, re-interpretation of Lapidus’ signature bow-tie design.