In the heart of Miami, among the towering skyscrapers that rise above Biscayne Bay, the striking new luxury apartment building of the late architect Zaha Hadid is on the horizon.
The unique arched design of the One Thousand Museum building in the shape of the exterior is a sensation. This avant-garde structure is the only residential building in downtown Miami with an airstrip.
This high-rise building is a tribute to the legacy of the Iraqi-British architect, who died in Miami in 2016 at 65 years of age, and the 62-story building has not yet been completed.
"We felt a lot of commitment to completing this particular project, because Miami was its second home," said Chris Lebbin, who oversaw the management of the $ 300 million project after the engineer died. "She spent a long time here, and she had many friends."
Zaha Hadid was the first woman to win the prestigious 'Pritzker' award in architecture, and she received the Stirling Award twice the most prestigious architecture awards in Britain.
Forbes previously called it one of the most influential women in the world.
Among its famous projects are: Beijing Daxing International Airport, and the London Aquatic Center as part of the 2012 Olympics.
The One Thousand Museum became the first tower designed by Zaha Hadid in the Western Hemisphere, the crown jewel of her London-based company.
The 216-meter building includes 84 units, 2 swimming pools and a heliport, in addition to other luxurious amenities. In the exercise hall, a spiral staircase leads to the "Spa" resort. The high-rise apartments offer stunning views of the park surrounding the Perez Art Museum, the bay, Miami Beach and the Atlantic Ocean. The building has curves that distinguish it from the traditional buildings in the place.
"There are 360 angles," said Leben, quoting the late engineer. Why use only one of them? Why do we use only 90 degrees? ”The" exterior structure "of the building, which the architects call" Exoscelliton ", branched from the base to the top of the exterior, interfering between the windows of the tower in some of its layers.
However, this structure is not only for aesthetics, but also has a certain function; it is made of cement reinforced with white glass fibers, and allows the design team to leave open spaces from the inside without the need for columns.
"This design shows how architecture can be combined with structure and foundations, to create a very elegant design," he added to show. The flexibility and new materials used in the construction of this 'permanent mold' allow it a smooth look.