Jade Signature by
Herzog & de Meuron


New images have been released showing Herzog & de Meuron's Jade Signature residential tower for Miami - including the first full-height rendering of the 198 metre-high building.

Jade Signature by Hezog & de Meuron

The pagoda-shaped tower will be built on a private estate in Miami's Sunny Isles district  and will accommodate 192 residences, ranging from one-bedroom apartments to a 975-square-metre penthouse.

Jade Signature by Hezog & de Meuron

As we reported last month, the building's parallelogram-shaped plan will help to angle the apartments towards the southern sun and floor-to-ceiling windows will provide views of the ocean. Hourglass-shaped columns will feature at the extremities of the balconies encircling the tower.

"These images also show more of the lush oceanfront landscape designed by Raymond Jungles, including ground floor amenities that send residents straight out the door to the pool, onto the lawn, and onto the beach and ocean," says the text that came with the new images.

"You may note the parallelogram positioning of the building that is a result of an extensive sun-study to lend the best light to the residences and pool, with minimal wind and glare. Also new in these images is the reveal of the water terrace that extends from the spa area, with a unique semi-circular plunge pool."

The tower is the first apartment building in the USA outside New York City to be designed by Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron.

The practice has already completed an angular concrete and glass car park in Miami Beach, with a retail area at its base, while work on their Pérez Art Museum in the city is nearing completion.

Zaha Hadid Architects is also working on a residential skyscraper in Miami, while a competition to redevelop the site of the Miami Beach Convention Center has received entries from Rem Koolhaas's OMA and Danish firm BIG – see all projects in Miami.

  • seb

    Rather commercial, no?

  • arupa

    Eh… what’s happened to H&dM?

  • Garry Grince

    Wow, this is actually terrible.

  • dude

    Good renderings don’t make good architecture. This project is hardly distinguishable from your average developers proposal.

  • Somebody has got to save the planet from architects.

  • Lorenzo

    They definitely became a 300+ practice with this big boy. Quality is not guaranteed when you need to manage quantity.

    • Tie

      I agree. When a friend of mine worked at H&D they were an office of 50 and their work reflected it (2006). Now, with 300 employees and counting, this project is an unfortunate and expected side effect to growth. I still think they’re a great firm but not if they keep pumping out buildings that tasteless developers drool over.

  • Floong

    Herzog & de Plain Vanilla?

  • D.O

    So a commercial condo from the 70s plus some 111 Lincoln columns. It’s weird.

  • tbone

    Call me old fashioned, but this sucks. They should check out studio Gang’s Aqua Tower – similar scale but light years ahead creatively.

    • amsam

      The aqua tower is too gehry/zaha-esque to not get hated on in this forum, but it does seem to me at this scale Herzog & de Meuron’s excellent minimalist taste gets annihilated by the sheer number of floors.

      It’s tough to make something this tall look like anything. If it takes some gimmicky curved balconies or spider baby vertical lines to generate some visual interest, I say go for it.

  • I find it interested that they are proposing to create a lot of exterior living space with this design. That is the innovation here which some of the previous renderings have shown. I think the overall concern with the aesthetic is that the innovation seems to go unnoticed because it is not obvious. I also wonder if the outdoor space will be utilized as intended in the Miami climate. Perhaps some evaporative cooling elements could help. Also, wouldnt wind be a big concern on the upper floors? If you show a rendering of a dining room table with place settings on a balcony (on say the 35th floor) is that really practical?

    • amsam

      That’s just what I was thinking. I find it weird, but not many rich people really want outdoor living in Florida. They want to be behind glass.

  • Concerned Citizen

    Haven't most buildings of that design type been demolished?

  • papou

    Unfair comments in my opinion. From the close views the project is really great with spectacular thin slabs and sculptural columns. Maybe this is what we simply expect for a Miami residential tower.

  • Mauricio

    Nothing special and bore-some after the 20th floor. What a small pool for so many flats. Expect a crowded beach; renders always lie.

  • Alex

    Grossly ignorant of scale and context. Generic and boring. This can’t actually be Herzog and de Meuron… right?

  • SamuelR

    Hey, it’s still better than Zaha’s skyscraper. I guess I was expecting a kind of evolution of the Miami “skyscraper vernacular” in this project, but it just looks too similar to the existing buidings. I think they missed a great chance here.

  • Mike

    It reminds me a bit of a project on the Gold Coast in Australia, which is basically Australia’s answer to Miami. The Moore building seems more sophisticated however.

  • Calle8

    It’s a shame they don’t have the plans and sections here. While the building looks average there are little things such as units that open to both the west and east and larger balconies that require supports. This is still a lot better than the standard Miami double loaded corridor slab buildings sitting on a parking garage.

  • Michael

    What’s wrong here is the program: up to “a 975-square-metre penthouse.” That’s over 10,000 square feet to us Mericans. Guess we all have bills to pay.

  • potterton

    Another Hong Kong type excrement. Damn! They should stick to Museums as they have no clue on residential, or take a look at frank Ghery’s attempt in New York for ideas to steal at the very least. Not saying Frank nailed it, but at least he tried. These H&M guys have become high street block decorators.

  • Kalum

    I think there is more to this project than meets the eye. The rendering is actually rather deceptive. It looks like your average flat wall screen big tower. However the project seems more complex with cantilevered balconies, providing shadow to the inside and exterior space. I am quite curious how they would feel: hot miami climate + windy upper floors?

    It is quite interesting to relate that other Miami project, the car park. Otherwise it reminds me of some old illustrations picked up by Koolhaas in Delirious New York. At least for once this tower seems to be much more about the interior experience than the aerial (look at my fancy tower) view.

  • theacheandthetonic

    Hard to believe that this many eyes failed to see what’s unique about this project. Look closer: this is actually unlike any residential tower currently standing. I defy you to find another with stepped back balconies like this. They’re massive and exquisitely resolved – because Miami is hot, and life is lived outdoors.

    From inside <a href="http:// (http://www.dezeen.com/2013/06/04/herzog-de-meuron-jade-signature-residential-tower-miami/)” target=”_blank”> <a href="http://(http://www.dezeen.com/2013/06/04/herzog-de-meuron-jade-signature-residential-tower-miami/)” target=”_blank”>(http://www.dezeen.com/2013/06/04/herzog-de-meuron-jade-signature-residential-tower-miami/) these spaces are gorgeous.

    Maybe if it had an undulating facade like something by Gehry or Hadid – something completely impractical and expensive – it would be more appealing to y’all, but please try to keep in mind that people actually have to live in this.

    • amsam

      I do think too many people are hating on this without looking closely (a big dezeen commenter problem).

      But 1) people in Florida don’t in general like outdoor living the way they do in, say, southern Europe.

      And 2) I bet those ultrathin slabs and no hollow ceilings for infrastructure pushes the price of this a lot higher than curved balconies would (whatever one’s feeling may be about curves on towers.)

  • Okay, please let’s stop hating. The design is old fashioned but the concept and renders are great.

  • Munchman

    I think Herzog & de Meuron have been watching too many Miami Vice reruns.

  • Dear H & de M – PLEASE REVISE THE PORTE COCHERE! Make The Geometry Agree All The Way To The Ground.

  • Slide some planes out to shelter the vehicular drop off – The radial canopy is, from a formal consistency point of view, somewhat of a letdown.

  • Macker

    Wow, a big f***ing rectangle. How original.