Zaha Hadid's Miami
skyscraper revealed


News: developers have unveiled images of Zaha Hadid Architects' proposed 60-storey residential skyscraper in Miami, USA (+ slideshow).

One Thousand Museum by Zaha Hadid Architects

Named One Thousand Museum, the building will be located on Biscayne Boulevard in downtown Miami.

One Thousand Museum by Zaha Hadid Architects

The 215-metre-high tower will have a concrete "exoskeleton" structure.

One Thousand Museum by Zaha Hadid Architects

"I really love Miami, but I don't think the architecture matches the city," Hadid told the Wall Street Journal earlier this year. "It's a bit too commercial."

One Thousand Museum by Zaha Hadid Architects

"We wanted to avoid that generic, modernist typology," she added. "We were interested in the idea of the tall building, and how it lands on the ground, how the structure is manifested."

One Thousand Museum by Zaha Hadid Architects

The interior images of the tower include items of furniture designed by Hadid.

One Thousand Museum by Zaha Hadid Architects

Prices for the luxury apartments are expected to start at $4 million for a half-floor unit, rising to between $30 and $50 million for a duplex penthouse unit.

One Thousand Museum by Zaha Hadid Architects

Zaha Hadid's Architects proposed a spiralling parking garage for Miami in 2011, following in the footsteps of Herzog & de Meuron's multi-storey car park in the city. More recently the firm won a competition to design a metro station in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia – see all architecture by Zaha Hadid Architects.

Elsewhere in Miami, Dutch firm OMA and Danish firm BIG are going head-to-head for a project to completely overhaul Miami Beach Convention Center, location of the annual Design Miami trade fair – see all architecture in Miami.

  • Crack

    Looks like a spider taking a dump.

    • Diego

      Really!? That is so fascinating. You have lots of time, kindly capture it so that we may view it on video.

      I don’t always like Zaha’s work but this building looks appealing in my opinion, barring floor plans of course.

  • In 50 years’ time we’ll look back and see the monstrosities Zaha has plagued the world with.

  • Henry L

    Usually I tend to think she should stick to the small scale stuff. However, I actually think this is rather elegant. Although I will of course reserve judgement until I see a plan.

  • George

    From the looks of it, it’s going to take off! Interesting take on some new skin – feminine!

  • Arch

    Looks very much like the proposal for new tower for L&L Holding Company on Park Avenue in New York, which didn’t win the competition last year.

  • MZK

    “I really love Miami, but I don’t think the architecture matches the city.”

    She said the same about a tower in NY, that architecture was boring there, and luckily she is coming to save us with her design (and by the way it was almost the same design).

    She’s coming with the same design in every city, saying “I love your city but the architecture doesn’t match it”. She is one of these architects destroying the identity of a city with their “signature buildings”, always the same design.

    Please make her stop! We already realise how ridiculous and “has-been” her style is, how will we look at it in 20 years?

  • Josh V

    I click on Zaha Hadid articles more so I can laugh at the absurd and inevitable hate comments. I wonder how long it is until I see her called an architectural terrorist. It’s a wonder she doesn’t end her career when being compared to “a spider taking a dump”. I applaud your wit.

  • Fan

    In 50 years’ time we’ll look back and see absolutely nothing that @greg1griffiths has left the world with – funny that!

    Congratulations Zaha – still able to break the mould and delight.

    • amsam

      Right on the money, sir.

  • JMA

    Cue the Zaha haters, for what by her standards is a fairly standard tower building.

    It looks nice, doesn’t dwarf the surroundings and lands fairly sympathetically at ground level, what’s not to like?

    • Luis Changmarin

      Agree and don’t agree at the same time. Upper part, the shaft itself, isn’t bad at all, the base is what seems unpleasant. If you see the picture from the sea where trees cover the lower part the building seems “fairly sympathetic”.

  • zizi

    Not very interesting, especially the flat top. Looks very commercial indeed.

    • Good

      There is a helipad on top. What do you expect the designer to do about it? Right…

      • zizi

        The organic lines that start from the basement look interrupted.

  • anonymous coward

    “50 million dollars for a duplex penthouse unit”, I beg your pardon! Apart from that, it looks quite elegant and an improvement to the neighbourhood, compared to the quite boring skyscrapers surrounding it. I want to know if she could really control her tendency to design “blob” architecture by looking at some close ups of the ground floor area.

  • Good

    Good tower. It was featured on Curbed Miami ages ago. If only Zaha would stop talking. “The architecture doesn’t match the city, but I love it.” I mean, it does not make her sound very intelligent to be honest.

  • 42si

    It’s the same structural concept as the DS+R Hudson Yard tower but much more elegant.

  • mcmlxix

    I won't speak to the merits/demerits of Hadid's work, but Miami has a glut of high-rise residential. Some building are empty.

  • Syncopi

    Zaha really delivered. It’s not too elegant or overbearing, yet it certainly has its own identity amongst the mundane structures found within Miami. It certainly makes the surrounding buildings look generic. In fact, I wish the surrounding buildings were farther from hers, as they distract from her design.

  • Dean

    I’m a fan of Zaha’s work, however this skyscrapper looks like it’s wearing a bra :D

  • Not 100% sure how I feel about this design. It would definitely stand out from the other buildings around it, but I'm not quite sure if it fits Miami.

  • salvatore

    I love it. And I mean L.O.V.E it! This is absolutely fantasticly wonderful. Beautiful, and I mean B.E.A.U.T.I.F.U.L. No?

  • zee

    Ah the bimonthly haters are back! Meanwhile Zaha scoops projects worth millions.

  • Namwho

    This is so much better than the ones I saw that she built in Singapore! The Singapore apartments really look like souped-up boring public housing with such little Zaha flair that I was surprised it was from her! In fact, I was even more shocked by the sticker price; they really are a bunch of mega rip-offs! America is still where the real estate deals are.

  • Silky Johnson

    Looks like a sneaker. All resemblences aside, the specific subdivision technique Zaha Hadid Architects is using for this project is a little dated. Expected more.

  • anny

    Great vertical alien eyes!

  • paul

    Not ashamed to say I am one of the Zaha haters, but this is actually quite interesting. It is certainly one of her more elegant buildings, especially when put in contrast to towers beside it.

    I think I might even like it…

  • Pierre Phillips

    Exterior is nice for a skyscraper, lobby very stylish but too plain.

  • farooq

    I just want to know, why impose a building in a city where it does not belong, as stated by the designer?

    • Alexandre

      Perfect statement! It just doesn’t look residential at all. I don’t see people living there, I see machines and companies.