Guests at Juvia—Miami’s new penthouse restaurant that tops off Herzog & de Meuron’s parking garage on Lincoln Road—can ride up nine stories in a private elevator to the spacious rooftop bar and eatery by Venezuelan architect and interior designer Alejandro Barrios-Carrero. An impressive group of designers from all over the world worked on the interior, but with its white and purple color scheme, modern furnishings, and expansive ocean views, Juvia is still 100 percent Miami Beach.
French vertical garden guru, Patrick Blanc, sets the mood with a 22-foot-high, Amazon-inspired, soil-less plant wall lush with greenery native to South Florida. Natural, yet modern, elements continue throughout the 10,000-square-foot space with limestone tabletops, a communal bar-height table made from petrified wood, white oak dining tables by Piero Lissoni, and hand-woven chairs by Patricia Urquiola, all lit by renowned lighting designer Thomas Patterson. A long rectangular water feature divides the outdoor area—a simple, restrained fountain that flows gently over a minimalist horizontal slab. When the weather is less than tropical, Barrios-Carrero’s trackless, retractable roof enables year-round terrace dining, affording guests a sweeping view of Miami Beach even in the chilliest of 80 degree winters.