In this interview with Can Ziyal, Chad Oppenheim, founder of Oppenheim Architecture + Design, talks about architecture, their projects, his way of thinking on how to approach and solve problems, and his fascination with nature and its purity.
Oppenheim Architecture + Design: The Latest Architecture and News
Oppenheim Architecture has completed the Ayla Golf Academy and Clubhouse in Aqaba, Jordan, taking inspiration from the natural dunescapes and mountains of the surrounding desert as well as the architectural heritage of the ancient Bedouin. The 1,200-square-meter building forms part of a 44-square-kilometer leisure development, containing residential, commercial, and hotel space centered on the 18-hole golf course.
Oppenheim Architecture has released an update of their proposed Star Metals development in Atlanta, Georgia. Spread over two schemes, the project seeks to “shift the paradigm of what’s possible for new urban environments” through a 1.36 million-square-foot masterplan.
The Oppenheim scheme consists of a 14-story “Star Metals Offices” building, accommodating offices, terraces, parking, and retail, and a nine-story “Star Metals Residences” building with over 400 residential units.
Oppenheim Architecture + Design recently won the international competition to design a new hotel in Brooklyn, NY. A third pillar of the Williamsburg Bridge to emerge after 108 years. Their design of the Williamsburg hotel attempts to capture the essence of this vibrant neighborhood. Adjacent to both the Williamsburg Bridge and the historic Williamsburg Savings Bank, the building expresses itself as three dramatically proportioned, rectilinear volumes of varied height and materiality. Soaring high above the neighborhood, the hotel becomes the third pillar of the bridge, while serving as an archetypical tower to the domed basilica of the historical bank.
Sustainability was once again an important issue for Oppenheim Architecture + Design. The hotel will have geothermal, wind, and solar power generation, along with other resource saving strategies, for which they achieved Platinum LEED rating. More images and architects’ description after the break.
The Pharrell Williams Resource Center is a design that represents the future for youth centers. The treehouse concepts aims to inspire future generations through architecture providing a place where kids can escape and imagine. A unique combination of architect Chad Oppenheim of Oppenheim Architecture + Design and musical impressario Pharrell Williams they are hoping that this youth center will set a new standard for the way the world builds for its future. “We’re creating an environment to house creativity,” said Chad about his design. “Pharrell is a visionary renaissance man, and this center is a reflection of his passion for education and natural design sensibility.” The PWRC is slated for completion by 2013.
This week we are taking our Architecture City Guide to South Beach. Miami’s architectural styles range from austere corporate architecture, as it has the largest concentration of international banks in the United States, to colorful and playful architecture that reflects its beach and Latin American culture. Architecture lovers can’t miss Miami Beach’s Art Deco District or its old Spanish heritage. We have put together a list of 12 contemporary buildings that range from a small park pavilion to the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts. There is plenty more to see in Miami so please add your “must not miss” in the comment section below.
Architecture City Guide: Miami list and corresponding map after the break!
The Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin located in Miami’s Design District is an extension of a predominant Paris gallery. The renovation and addition by Oppenheim Architecture + DesignThe Miami gallery is an extension of a predominant Paris gallery. The design intention was to maintain the buildings original 1950s character, maximizing exhibition space, while simultaneously integrating the mechanical systems in an inconspicuous manner. The gallery will serve not only as an exhibition space but also as a residence for the gallery owner and as a living space for visiting artists. Photographs, and drawings along wiht a further description about the Galerie following the break.
Architects: Oppenheim Architecture + Design Location: Design District, Miami, Florida Project Team: Chad Oppenheim, Juan Calvo, Leslie Abraham, and Carolina Jaimes Client: G.E.P. LLC Landscape Architect: Rosenberg Design Consultants: Vidal and Associates, Cornerstone Engineering General Contractor: Jack Green Project Area: 14,000 sqf renovation and 3,000 sqf addition Project Year: 2006 (renovation) Renderings: Oppenheim Architecture + Design Photos: Ken Hayden
The mixed-use Campus Center designed by Oppenheim Architecture + Design for Miami Dade Community College will make a statement within the skyline of the tropical city. Popular for its flowing spaces from interior to exterior, the architects capitalized on Miami’s climate creating an open-aired campus design complete with arcades, quads, and plazas. The design incorporates a variety of materials and sustainable practices including a steel frame exo-skeletal system, clad and aluminum with clear glass aluminum window wall system, solar panels in portions of the roof, and vertical shafts wind turbines.
More details, drawings, and photographs about the Campus Center by Oppenheim Architecture + Design after the break.
Architects: Oppenheim Architecture + Design Location: Miami, Florida Project Team: Chad Oppenheim, Carl Römer, Eduardo Quintero, Carlos Ramos, Germán Brun, Juan López, Sebastian Velez, Robert Moehring, Gianpaolo Pietri, Helen Zhao, Hugo Mijares, Joshua Sacks, Lizmarie Esparza, Francisco Llado, Piero Valtolina, and Santhosh Shanmugam Developer: Gregg Covin Development Client: Miami Dade Community College Project Area: 2,500,000 sqf Project Year: Estimated Completion 2012 Renderings: Dbox and Olalekan Jeyifous
Miami’s Design District will soon be home to not just another building, but to COR. The ambitious project to design the first sustainable mixed-use condominium in Miami has been getting a lot of buzz and rightfully so. At 400′ tall it represents a dynamic synergy between architecture, structural engineering, and ecology. Extracting power from its environment utilizing the latest advancements in wind turbines, photovoltaics, and solar hot water generation COR upon completion will be seeking a LEED Platinum certification. The polka dotted hyper-efficient exoskeleton shell simultaneously provides building structure, thermal mass for insulation, shading for natural cooling, enclosure for terraces, armatures for turbines, and loggias for congregating on the ground. Comprising commercial, office, fitness, live/work, and pure residential spaces (113 residences from studios to penthouses)—COR provides a uniquely flexible platform for lifestyle enhancement.
Last week on ArchDaily we featured our interview with Chad Oppenheim founding partner of Oppenheim Architecture + Design. Below is a portion of the interview regarding the design of COR, and the full interview can be found here.
Follow the break for drawings and renderings of COR, along with a list of environmental design techniques incorporated into the design.
Architects: Oppenheim Architecture + Design Location: Miami, Florida, United States Project Team: Chad Oppenheim, Carlos Ramos, Juan López, Carolina Jaimes, Juan Calvo, Hugo Mijares, Jessica Santaniello Barrera, Rodrigo Londoño and Camilo Orozco Client: Nexus Development Group Project Area: 480,000 sqf Project Year: Estimated 2011 Renderings: Dbox