PHOTOS: Miami Beach “Lifeguard” Houses by French Photographer Leo Caillard – (2012)



French photographer Leo Caillard did this series in 2012 called “Miami Houses”. We never got a chance to post these but we ran into them again and though you’d like to see.

Some of the stands were created in 1995 after Hurricane Andrew took its toll on South Beach and decimated the lifeguards’ huts. Architect William Lane offered his design services and the city took advantage of the renovation opportunity to bring color to the sandy landscapes. Five towers were designed by Lane and two other towers were designed by winners of art competitions, all brought to life by carpenters and construction workers who made the “houses” functional as well as aesthetically innovative. One house in particular, the pink “Jetson Tower,” was designed in collaboration with Brooklyn-based artist Kenny Scharf.

Alas, the volatile southeastern weather patterns were not kind to Lane’s original designs, and many of the first towers were damaged throughout the years following. Recent redesigns of the towers have maintained the vibrancy of color, but the more whimsical shapes and wacky silhouettes were replaced by boxier, more practical structures. Still, the crazy paint jobs and elaborate add-ons echo the art deco stylings famous in the beach district. And Caillard’s photographs portray the range of design that move from patriotically emblazoned lighthouses to neon gingerbread-house miniatures.

More info onΒ Leo Caillard on his website:Β

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