Downtown Miami’s COR Building (Oppenheim Architecture)
By Jody McCutcheon
People have often taken trips to Florida, USA to view architecture. The Art Deco buildings of Miami have been of particularly interest, but now architecture buffs can visit this southern state to witness a merger of present and future; of structure and environment; of beauty and practicality.
It’s all found in the stunning COR building, the first sustainable, mixed-use condominium complex in Miami, Florida. Conceived by Oppenheim Architecture and Design, this 25-storey, 400-foot-tall spectacle of eco architecture would be well under construction, if not completed, had the global economy not stalled so abruptly in 2008.
Renderings illustrate this building’s exceptional ambition and style. Aesthetically inspired by MiMo–Miami’s glitzy, mid-twentieth-century architectural response to modernist minimalism–the COR building will nonetheless operate on a very sustainable level, through the use of wind turbines and photovoltaic panels to generate electricity, and a solar-heated water system. Thus will the building reduce demand on Miami’s power grid.
Perforated exoskeletal walls give the structure an innovative, even futuristic look. The perforations serve as windows for the occupants of the building’s 480,000 square feet, which includes 25,500 square feet of corporate and commercial space, plus 113 residential and work/live units. Everything is supported by cutting-edge sustainable technology like recycled tile floors, bamboo-lined halls, energy-efficient appliances and plumbing, and a grey-water processing system.
The perforated exoskeletal walls don’t stop at the greened roof; rather, they rise above it on all sides, enclosing penthouse terrace gardens and low-water landscaping, offering the area thermal control through shade and insulation. And instead of windows, the exoskeletal perforations up there house wind turbines, which create enough electricity to light the building’s interior common areas.
With tricks like that, Miami’s COR building will generate not only energy, but plenty of buzz. After all, it’s a unique, eco-architecture space that caters to every element of life at home and work. How better to get people to go green than to immerse them in it?
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