Zaha Hadid Architects is a firm known for its epic fly-through videos used to illustrate its grand plans with beautifully rendered details. Recently, though, the studio is increasingly using this medium to show its buildings coming to life in the real world. The following “teaser trailer” gives a bird’s-eye view of the site for a luxury residential condominium in Miami, which broke ground in December and has now begun construction above grade.
One Thousand Museum is a 62-story apartment building comprising half- and full-floor residences, duplex town-homes, and a vast two-story penthouse at its summit. The building’s defining feature will be its distinctive exoskeleton, which the firm says will be the first time in the United States that a glass-fiber reinforced concrete outer shell is utilized as a permanent framework.
Each branch of the exoskeleton traces a sinuous line up the building, possessing futuristic curves synonymous with Zaha Hadid’s parametric style. The building is designed to complement the neighboring condominiums in terms of its material palette but will make for a striking formal contrast with its sculptural façade of concrete and glass.
Parts of Zaha Hadid’s first residential tower in the western hemisphere have a long journey to go on as construction progresses; some 4,800 pieces of the exoskeleton are being fabricated in Dubai and will be shipped over to Miami in the coming weeks.
One Thousand Museum is due for completion in 2017.