Mid-Century Modern Freak

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The home of Bacardi USA, Inc. in Miami, Florida is certainly a thing of beauty. A perfect blend of art and modern architecture, the Bacardi Complex is situated on the 102’ x 183’ tract at the northwest corner of Biscayne Boulevard and 21st street. Bacardi Museum tower was designed by Enrique Guitierrez in c. 1963. The tower murals are made of 28,000 hand-painted, glazed, baked, 6” x 6” tiles by accomplished painter-ceramicist Francisco Brennand of Recife, Brazil. Bacardi’s cube was later added to the site in 1973. The structure is the work of architect Ignacio Carrera-Justiz and features four massive walls, comprised of chunks of 1-inch thick hammered glass mural tapestries, designed to withstand hurricane force winds. These glass tapestries, which represent an allegory of how rum is made from sugar cane, were designed and made in France based on paintings by German artist Johannes M. Dietz.

Source: buildipedia.com | jetsetmodern.com | davidcobbcraig.blogspot.com | flickr.com/photos/lou | postalesinventadas.com

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