By: Stephanie Be

TravelBreak

What do you think when you hear “Miami?” 

Sure, the most international city in the United States boasts beaches, nightlife, fast cars, Cuban food and street art, but Miami’s charm goes far beyond South Beach and Wynwood. 

After many trips to Miami, I finally explored the Miami Design District and — why didn’t I know of this place before? 

I expected a strip of esteemed shopping and restaurants — not the most esteemed shopping, restaurants and architecture and contemporary art, and each and every one a perfect backdrop for a photo. If you’re looking great Miami photography locations, consider the Design District — whether you're taking a casual selfie or doing a professional photo shoot.

MOORE BUILDING, "ELASTIKA" INSTALLATION

3841 NE 2nd Ave., #300

Miami, Fla., 33137

The Moore Building boasts a white web of interior design. With "Elastika," a permanent art installation created by Iraqi-born, London-based architect Zaha Hadid, the Moore Building is a popular venue for events. It's also my top pick for Miami Design District photo spots. 

SOU FUJIMOTO’S BUILDING FAÇADE

140 NE 39th Street

Miami, Fla., 33137 

An electric blue, this icy two-story building bridges nature and architecture in Palm Court. It's the center to many Miami District shops, individual art pieces, and plays host to various events including concerts, yoga and workshops.

FLY'S EYE DOME

140 NE 39th Street

Miami, Fla., 33137

Within the Miami Design District shops, you'll find the most iconic of its artwork: the Fly’s Eye Dome by Buckminster Fuller. Framed by palm trees and a breeze, you’re free to browse outside the dome or explore the staircase inside.  Need to shop in rain or shine? Borrow a Miami Design District umbrella, available inside the Fly's Eye Dome.

You might also like the area of hanging chairs, just upstairs from the Fly's Eye Globe:

‘Netscape’ Installation

140 NE 39th Street

2nd Floor Terrace

Miami, Fla., 33137

sidewalk wall at the Miami Design District

- Jerry Kestel @Witness_X

inside the fly's eye dome at the Miami design district

- Andrew Hektor @AndrewHektor

outside of the Fly's eye dome Miami design district

- Jerry Kestal @Witness_X

FENDI COLONNADE

150 NE 40th Street

Miami, Fla., 33137

Orange by day, purple by night, the walkway to Fendi is calling your name. Designed by architect Johanna Grawunde, the path also leads to the famous Kate Moss statue.

If you enjoy the Fendi Colonnade and Miami Design District architecture, you might also like:

DASH Fence

4001 NE 2nd Avenue

Miami, Fla., 33137

MYTH FORTUNA SCULPTURE

150 NE 40th Street

Miami, Fla., 33137

Any Kate Moss fans out there? Let's be honest, Marc Quinn's bronze sculpture is probably as close as you'll ever get to one of fashion's most beloved models.If you liked this, then you might also like: 

‘Le Corbusier’ Bust

140 NE 39th Street

Miami, Fla., 33137

2X4 VORTEX WALL MURAL 

NE 38th Street between NE 2nd Avenue and NE 1st Avenue

Miami, Fla., 33137

CITY VIEW GARAGE

NE 38th between NE 1ST Ave and North Miami Ave.

Without hesitation, I declare this the best parking garage I've seen so far. Consider checking out the City View Garage for a crazy sunset and its bright mural floors.

city view garage in Miami

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myth Fortuna Sculpture

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