Zaha Hadid’s One Thousand Museum Wins the 2021 Plan Award

One Thousand Museum residential tower in Miami has won The Plan Award 2021, in the housing category.

The Plan Awards were established to promote discourse and debate on global design and planning themes.

One Thousand Museum’s 62-storey concrete exoskeleton – a web of flowing lines integrating structural support with lateral bracing – reads 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. “

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

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The design incorporates GFRC form-work which remains in place as construction progresses up the tower. This permanent concrete form-work also provides the architectural finish that requires minimal maintenance. Behind the exoskeleton, the faceted, crystal-like facade contrasts with the solidity of the structure. With its frame at the perimeter, the tower’s interior floor plates are almost column free; the exoskeleton’s curvature creating slightly different plans on each floor.

On the lower floors, terraces cantilever from the corners, while on the upper floors, the terraces are incorporated behind the structure.

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