March 2019

Miami has a lot going for it. Year-round warm climate, a stunning shoreline and if you look beyond SoBe's clubby wonderland, you'll see why Miami is hailed as the Latin American capital with a vibrant arts and culture scene.

We caught up with Miami-based New York native Kris Tamburello – a photographer who's work includes architectural & interior photography, videos and digital abstract art. From Coral Gables to the Design District, we explore Miami's neighbourhoods in search of the city's top spots.

If you could sum up Miami in three words, what would they be?

Architectual, Aesthetic, Luminous.

Tell us about your neighbourhood and where you spend most of your time whilst in the city.

I live in Midtown Miami and when I’m not on location shooting, I work from my home office. It has a great mix of cafe’s, restaurants and bars to keep me happy. Besides that, Midtown is central to everything. I can walk to the Design District or Wynwood in less then 10 minutes and I'm within easy reach of Miami Beach.

If you could choose just one museum or art gallery to visit, which one would it be? 

Perez Art Museum (PAMM) – the architecture and the location are just perfect. 

Could you tell us some of your favourite places to photograph in the city?

The Design District has so much great architecture in such a dense area. South Beach and Miami Beach have beautiful art deco and tropical modern buildings with amazing details.

Outside of New York, Miami perhaps has the most dynamic arts and culture scene in the US, what would you say makes this city so creatively vibrant?

I feel that Miami is a city that is constantly evolving, there's always something new which allows more chances to be taken.

Miami offers a rich canopy of architectural styles, which is your favourite?

It's hard to say! What I love about Miami is the mix of Art Deco, Miami Modern (MiMo) and some of the new architecture going up all over the city. I’ve also come to love and appreciate Mediterranean Revival in Coral Gables.

Favourite buildings?

Jade Signature, FAENA House, Surf Club, Dior Design District, Total Bank Tower, Bacardi Buildings and Brickell Arch.

Best Cafecito spot in town?

La Ventanita at Versailles, (3555 SW 8th St) 

Dr. Smood in Wynwood (2230 NW 2nd Ave) 

Sunday brunch spot?

LOBA (7420 Biscayne Blvd) in the MiMo District.

Last minute date spot?

SugarCane always has a great vibe. Alternatively, I would say Matador Room at the Miami Beach EDITION.

Best place to stay in Miami?

FAENA and Vagabond Hotel for its retro 50’s vibe.

Name 3 addresses from your little black book: 

Museum Park, (1075 Biscayne Blvd)

Books & Books (all locations) 

Upper Buena Vista (184 NE 50th Terrace) 

Favourite spot if you want to escape the city?

Key Biscayne, even just a drive over the bridge and past Crandon Park and back is enough to feel like you just escaped to a tropical island. The best part is driving back towards the city and seeing the downtown skyline appear.

Finally, what’s your best piece of advice for a Miami novice?

Go beyond South Beach and explore Miami's many different neighbourhoods. Also keep a keen eye out for all the architectural details that make Miami…Miami.
Photography by Kris Tamburello, Studio LHOOQ & via Pinterest