One Thousand Museum, the late Zaha Hadid’s final residential tower in the United States, is the newest high-end condominium to grace Biscayne Boulevard in the city’s cultural core, and its 83 units are now available for sale.
Standing 704 feet (215 meters) tall, the building boasts the status of being the fourth-largest structure in Florida and rises 62 stories above Museum Park, a 30-acre (12-hectare) urban green space that houses the Pérez Art Museum and the Philip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science. The massive project incorporates Hadid’s signature curves, both within the interior and along the exterior—its most distinctive feature is the white-painted concrete “web of flowing lines” that meanders up the facade.
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The exterior scorpion-like “exoskeleton,” an expressive inclusion that was also designed as structural support, has resulted in some nicknaming the building the “Scorpion Tower.”
The exterior scorpion-like “exoskeleton,” an expressive inclusion that was also designed as structural support, has resulted in some nicknaming the building the “Scorpion Tower.” The bracing is further texturized by the lower and upper floor terraces and the podium, which includes even thicker columns that splay out and round off at the corners.
According to the architects, the glass cladding behind the exoskeleton includes a “folded, faceted, crystal-like facade” that will play off of the Miami sun and uniquely interact with light both from inside and outside the building. Just as important, the structure is strong; it’s resistant to forceful hurricane winds, thanks to the diagonal bracketing system created by the design team.
Within One Thousand Museum, the interior floor plate is almost entirely column-free, allowing residents full views of Biscayne Bay and Miami Beach beyond. The lobby, communal spaces, and living units each embody Hadid’s futuristic style and sensibilities—the interior cladding, flooring, furniture, lighting, and ceiling designs all feature sleek, curved elements. Amenities include a spa, sunbathing deck, a double-height aquatic center, sky lounge, multiple fitness areas, and private helipad.
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