EFEBy Emilio J. Lopez Miami

Architect William Lane drew on South Florida's architectural heritage when Miami Beach hired his firm to design new lifeguard towers to replace the ones destroyed when Hurricane Andrew slammed the area in August 1992.

The 36 towers distributed along the beachfront, which extends 11.5 km (7 mi) from its northern tip to South Point Park, are "a great example of using public space," Lane told Efe.

"They've really become, I guess, somewhat iconic for Miami Beach and Miami itself," the architect said in an interview. "I look at them as being personas. I look at them as being animations."

"They're all on the beach side of the dune, so they are a really wonderful complement to the tropical city, the white tropical city, on the other side," he said in his Miami Beach studio.