One of the last projects of legendary Ar Zaha Hadid made with 1000 pieces of GFRC | Surfaces Reporter Project Update

One thousand Museum by Zaha Hadid Architects

One thousand Museum is the late Zaha Hadid's first and only residential tower in the Western Hemisphere. This 62-storey residential skyscraper took its name from its location at 1000 Biscayne Boulevard, opposite Museum Park in Miami.

The breathtaking 30-acre Museum park that offers views across Biscayne Bay was renewed in 2013 as one of downtown Miami’s chief public spaces and embraces the city’s new art and science museums.

Hufton + Crow has captured this tower and several other projects by Zaha Hadid Architects, including the Crystalline KAPSARC in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

An Ideal Homage to Zaha Hadid

Made from 1000 pieces of lightweight glass-fibre-reinforced concrete, this building shows the signature style of Zaha Hadid, who is known as the first woman to win a Pritzker Prize before her passing in the year 2016 in Miami. This is also one of the last projects of the legendary architect.

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Zaha Hadid’s 1000 Museum was a lengthy project that started in the year 2012 and took almost 8 years to finish. However, the ambitious and complex design was first unveiled in the year 2013 by Zaha Hadid, with construction started in the year 2015. The edifice shows resemblances to Hadid’s building 520 West 28th in New York City which also has curvilinear details.

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The firm has done true justice to Zaha Hadid’s lasting heritage by creating a project of similar geometry. One can easily be mesmerized by looking at the complex exoskeleton structure and the spectacular interior details of the building.

One thousand MuseumThe city was very dear to the legendary architect Zaha Hadid and thus it looked an ideal choice as her final resting place. “Miami was like Zaha’s second home and she was very excited about this project. It’s unfortunate that she is not with us to see it completed now,” Zaha Hadid Architects’ project director Chris Lepine, recalls of the eight-year timeline. “We’re very happy with the results.”

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Design Details

The luxury design of this edifice might look superfluous, but it is actually a structural requirement. One Thousand Museum’s concrete exoskeleton structures its perimeter in a web of flowing lines that integrates lateral bracing with structural support.

One thousand MuseumThe result is a spectacular façade, an arthropod- like structure, where a nine-level podium looks like a head and the apex of the building looks like the abdomen. The design gives an illusion of incessant frames.

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.

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“The design expresses a fluidity that is both structural and architectural,” explains Lepine. “The structure gets thicker and thinner as required, bringing continuity between architecture and engineering.”

The permanent glass fibre reinforced concrete from this remarkable building also provides the architectural finish that needs negligible maintenance. There is a faceted, crystal-like façade behind the exoskeleton, which contrasts with the sturdiness of the building.       

One thousand Museum The building has support at the corners, while the inner floor plates are column-free. There are different plans on each floor. Terraces cantilever from the bends on the lower floors whereas the terraces behind the structure on the upper floors.

The interior colour palette gives a contrast of dark and light. Where you can see dark stone floors throughout the lobby and other amenity spaces to avoid the blinding reflections caused by the excess of glass and bright sunlight in the city.   

One Thousand- Museum-Amenities 

The tower with 84 half-and full-floor residences, comprises an ocean of luxury amenities including a lounge, an aquatic centre, and an event space on the top floors. The oversized terraces, landscaped gardens and pools are positioned above the lobby and on the top of the residents’ parking.

One thousand MuseumThis avant-garde building also has an indoor swimming pool with a white-textured, arched ceiling, a huge spiral staircase in the fitness and wellness centre, a multimedia theatre, and even a private bank vault.

One thousand MuseumFurthermore, it also includes yoga facilities, has relaxation pods, a juice bar, and private rooms for spa services. There is a sky lounge for special events and dining as well. Along with that, the inhabitants of this magnificent structure will have an exclusive membership with sophisticated living, who will have access to luminary fashion, sporting, cultural and musical events happening in Miami and around the globe through an app.

Project Details

Architect: Zaha Hadid Architects
Design: Zaha Hadid and Patrik Schumacher
Project Director: Chris Lepine
Project Team: Alessio Costantino Martin Pfleger Oliver Bray Theodor Wender Irena Predalic Celina Auterio Carlota Boyer
Competition Team: Sam Saffarian Eva Tiedemann Brandon Gehrke Cynthia Du Grace Chung Aurora Santana Olga Yatsyuk
Client: 1000 Biscayne Tower, LLC

Project Data

Date: 2012/2020
Status: Built
709 ft
Gross Area: 911,027 sq ft
Levels: 62
Townhouse Units: 4 Half Floor Units: 70 Full Floor Units: 8 Penthouse: 1
Parking Spaces: 260
Text and Image Courtesy: Zaha Hadid Architects
Photography by Hufton + Crow


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