Zaha Hadid’s One Thousand Museum tower is an artwork in itself

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Aquatic Center, One Thousand Museum, Miami, Florida. Photo by Hufton+Crow, provided by Zaha Hadid Architects

MIAMI – One Thousand Museum is a 62-story residential tower opposite Museum Park in Miami. With views across Biscayne Bay, this popular 30-acre park was redeveloped in 2013 as one of downtown Miami’s primary public spaces and includes the city’s new art and science museums. The tower’s design continues Zaha Hadid Architects’ research into high-rise construction that defines a fluid architectural expression consistent with the engineering for the entire height of a structure.

One Thousand Museum’s concrete exoskeleton structures its perimeter in a web of flowing lines that integrates lateral bracing with structural support.

Reading from top to bottom as one continuous frame, columns at its base fan out as the tower rises to meet at the corners, forming a rigid tube highly resistant to Miami’s demanding wind loads; its curved supports creating hurricane-resistant diagonal bracketing.

“The design expresses a fluidity that is both structural and architectural,” explained Zaha Hadid Architects’ project director Chris Lepine. “The structure gets thicker and thinner as required, bringing a continuity between the architecture and engineering.”

One Thousand Museum incorporates glass-fiber-reinforced concrete form-work that remains in place as construction progresses up the tower. This permanent concrete form-work also provides the architectural finish that requires minimal maintenance. Behind the exoskeleton, the faceted, crystal-like façade contrasts with the solidity of the structure.

With its frame at the perimeter, the tower’s interior floor plates are almost column free; the exoskeleton’s curvature creating slightly different plans on each floor. On the lower floors, terraces cantilever from the corners, while on the upper floors, the terraces are incorporated behind the structure.

At a height of 709 feet, the 62-level tower has a gross area of 911,027 square feet. Residential space is apportioned into four townhouse units, 70 half-floor units, eight full-floor units, and one penthouse. The top floors of the tower feature an aquatic center, lounge and event space. Landscaped gardens, terraces and pools are located above the lobby and 260 parking spaces.

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