Zaha Hadid’s One Thousand Museum Tower for Miami Revealed


New renderings of Zaha Hadid Architect‘s 215 meter-high One Thousand Museum Tower in downtown have been released. As the first Zaha Hadid-designed skyscraper to grace the skyline of the Western Hemisphere, the 60-story luxury condominium will mask its program with a prominent concrete exoskeleton. As Hadid described to the Wall Street Journal, the tower is designed with an interest in “how the structure is manifested” so that it may avoid the “generic modernist typology” that is commonly found in Miami.

One Thousand Museum Tower is one of several by high-profile architects that are beginning to take root in Miami, changing the tide of investment from real estate that is solely driven by waterfront locations to architecture that is high-end and luxurious.

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Public Music School / Wulf Architekten

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Architects: Wulf Architekten
Location: Nordring, , Germany
Client: City of Hamm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of Wulf Architekten

KiTa Schöne Aussicht / Birk Heilmeyer und Frenzel Architekten

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Architects: Birk Heilmeyer und Frenzel Architekten
Location: ,
Design Team: Stephan Birk, Liza Heilmeyer, Martin Frenzel, Jochen Günzler, Mykola Holoviznin, Hanna Weber
Area: 1,221 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Birk Heilmeyer und Frenzel Architekten

KKA Designs Electric Vehicle Charging Stations in Sweden

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In response to the rising trend of electric vehicles in Sweden, the Traffic Department in has commissioned Kjellgren Kaminsky Architecture (KKA) to develop a vision of solar-powered for electric vehicles, bikes and scooters. With the potential of being distributed throughout the city, the resizable concept was designed with the same formal language for recognition so that the may stand as a “symbol of a more sustainable city.”

Horizon Media / a + i architecture

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Architects: a + i architecture
Location: 75 Varick Street, New York, NY 10013,
Architecture Project Team: Dag Folger, Bradley Zizmor, Sommer Schauer, Kate Thatcher, Phil Ward, Chris Evans, Janet Lina, Amy Howell
Photographs: Magda Biernat

© Rob Crow via Flickr
© Rob Crow via Flickr

Should Architects Design Prisons?

A video game in which you can design your own high-security prison (execution chambers and all) prompts CC Sullivan, in a thoughtful post on Smart Planet, to discuss the implications of architects designing prisons. You can read the full article here, and read ArchDaily’s previous coverage on this issue, “The Architecture of Incarceration,” here.

Cultural Center of Viana do Castelo / Eduardo Souto de Moura

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Location: , Portugal
Collaborators: Diogo Guimarães, , Ricardo Rosa Santos, João Queiróz e Lima, Jana Scheibner, Luis Peixoto, Manuel Vasconcelos, Tiago Coelho
Area: 8706.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Joao Morgado – Architecture Photography

AD Classics: Mivtachim Sanitarium / Jacob Rechter

Images from the exhibition: The Object of Zionism, at the SAM (Swiss Architecture Museum, Basel, 2011). Curators: Zvi Efrat and Hubertus Adam

The Mivtachim sanitarium in Zichron Ya’akov is a brutalist masterpiece set on the forested slopes of Mount Carmel, overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. The simple yet complex design of the serpentine-shaped modular structure makes it appear to be “crowning” the mountain.

The building was designed by the Israeli architect in 1968 and immediately gained world-wide recognition, appearing in numerous international magazines and earning Rechter the prestigious Award for architecture in 1973. Along with other brutalist icons, the Mivtachim Sanitarium was an idealistic, utopian structure, encapsulating the socialist ideas prevalent in 1960′s .

Why Cycle Cities Are the Future

The Olympic Sculpture Park in Seattle, Washington, designed by Weiss Manfredi. Image © Benjamin Benschneider

The 2010 launch of the “Boris Bike” – ’s cycle hire scheme, named after mayor Boris Johnson – was the clearest indication to date that cycling was no longer just for a minority of fanatics but a healthy, efficient and sustainable mode of transport that city planners wanted in their armoury. There are now more than 8,000 Boris Bikes and 550+ docking stations in Central . And the trend’s not anomalous to London: Wikipedia reports that there are 535 cycle-share schemes in 49 countries, employing more than half a million bikes worldwide.

However, the real question is: will cycling actually change the city? Will it result in new urban forms or, as the title of Australian academic Dr Steven Fleming’s new book predicts, a “Cycle Space”? Like Fleming, I believe so. I believe that cycling might just be the catalyst for a 21st Century urban renaissance.

Read how, after the break…

Mianzhu Museum Fianl / Zhenggong Feng

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Architects: Zhenggong Feng
Location: Mianzhu,
Design: Suzhou Industrial Park Design&Research Institute Co.,Ltd
Area: 3,100 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of Zhenggong Feng

Bondi House / Fearns Studio

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Architects: Fearns Studio
Location: ,
Project Team: Matt Fearns
Area: 260 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Tom Ferguson

Museum and Exhibition Complex of the National Center for Contemporary Arts Competition

The Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation recently announced the international competition for the architecture concept of the Museum and Exhibition Complex of the National Center for Contemporary Arts.The two stage competition is open to any architectural bureaus, professional architects and early career professionals or young company to propose their design concept of the future museum complex. Participants can submit their proposals August 20 – September 20. To register, and for more information, please visit their official website here.

Fray León Building / Jorge Figueroa + Asociados

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Architects: Jorge Figueroa + Asociados
Location: Fray Luis de León, Las Condes, Metropolitan Region,
Photography: Pablo Blanco

GENETS 3 / Atelier d’Architecture Bruno Erpicum & Partners

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Architects: Atelier d’Architecture Bruno Erpicum & Partners
Area: 1,000 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: Jean-Luc Laloux

Haunted Play House / Torafu Architects

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Architects: Torafu Architects
Area: 173 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Fuminari Yoshitsugu

Front Quad Elevation / © MRC 300 dpi 30cm x 20cm
Front Quad Elevation / © MRC 300 dpi 30cm x 20cm

Oriel College Design Competition Shortlist Announced

Malcolm Reading Consultants (MRC) recently announced the results of the first stage of the design competition to re-program and re-design Oriel College, Oxford’s social spaces. The shortlist, a fascinating cross-section of British architectural talent ranging from the contextual to the contemporary, is made-up of…

An Urban Villa / Pitsou Kedem Architects

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Architects: Pitsou Kedem Architects
Location: Tel Aviv,
Design Team: Pitsou Kedem, Noa Groman
Area: 370 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Amit Geron

125 / Laboratorios Vaquero

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Architects: Laboratorios Vaquero
Location: Monterrey,
Project Team: David Benitez Martínez, Jorge Hernandez Gómez, Cynthia Gutiérrez
Project Management: VeritecPro
Project Area: 1,400 sqm
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Estudio Alejandro Cartagena