Bacardi Building

Wynwood & the Design District

You don’t need to be a rum-lover to appreciate the former Miami headquarters of the world’s largest family-owned spirits company, Bacardi. The main event is a beautifully decorated jewelbox-like building built in 1973 that seems to hover over the ground from a central pillar supporting the entire structure. One-inch thick pieces of hammered glass cover the exterior in a wild Mesoamerican-style pattern modeled after a mosaic designed by German artist Johannes M Dietz.

Be sure to walk around the building to see the eye-catching work executed in four different color patterns. Also on site is the older 1963 building, a tower covered with blue-and-white handmade tiles – some 28,000 in fact – in a striking ceramic pattern designed by Brazilian artist Francisco Brennand.

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Nearby Wynwood & the Design District attractions

1. Miami City Cemetery

0.29 MILES

This quiet graveyard, the final resting place of some of Miami-Dade’s most important citizens, is a sort of narrative of the history of the city cast in…

2. Wynwood Walls

0.66 MILES

In the midst of rusted warehouses and concrete blah, there's a pastel-and-graffiti explosion of urban art. Wynwood Walls is a collection of murals and…

3. Pérez Art Museum Miami

0.83 MILES

One of Miami's most impressive spaces, designed by Swiss architects Herzog & De Meuron, integrates tropical foliage, glass, concrete and wood – a melding…

5. Art Fusion

0.94 MILES

This sprawling gallery in Midtown carries a hugely varied collection, with artists from around the globe. You'll find sculpture, portraiture, landscapes…

6. Margulies Collection at the Warehouse

0.98 MILES

Encompassing 45,000 sq ft, this vast not-for-profit exhibition space houses one of the best art collections in Wynwood – Martin Margulies' awe-inspiring…

7. Palm Court

1.03 MILES

At the epicenter of the Design District is this pretty courtyard, which opened just before Art Basel back in 2014. It's set with tall palm trees, two…

8. Fly's Eye Dome

1.03 MILES

Installed during Art Basel in 2014, Buckminster Fuller's striking geodesic dome looks otherworldly as it appears to float in a small reflecting pool…