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A view of the Juvia restaurant.

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A view of the Juvia restaurant.

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WWD Swim issue 07/11/2012

Up on the Roof

For a city big on beautiful settings, Juvia manages to set a new standard. The rooftop restaurant and bar, the cherry on top of developer Robert Wennett’s “parking garage building” by Herzog & De Meuron, dives into a dining pool oddly shallow on high-floor water views. Battling the moon over Miami for top billing, its piece de resistance is botanist Patrick Blanc’s cascading, tropical explosion of anthurium, bromeliads and ferns.

“The space speaks [to] the city’s context and DNA in this age of globalization,” said co-owner Jonas Millan, a stickler whose two-year design process included researching thousands of chairs before resting on Patricia Urquiola’s rope seating for B&B Italia. “Tourists want to experience Miami with hints of Latin America, not New York or Europe, as is so overdone here and doesn’t convey there’s a beach a few blocks away.”

Statement furniture anchors glass-box architecture reminiscent of Julius Shulman’s iconic photograph “Case Study House #22.”

A big departure in this neutral-numbed neighborhood: the decor demonstrates a rare, well-executed use of purple, too, culminating in the bar’s lit amethyst slab.

“What can I say? The wife likes purple!” said Millan of his all-around partner, Alexandra.

1111 Lincoln Road (entrance on Lenox Avenue), Tel.: 305.763.8272, Web:

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