OPPENheim Architecture + Design just received unanimous approval for a $40 million, 25 story, 380 foot tall, multi-use green tower for Miami’s Design District (4025 NE 2nd Ave., Miami, FL 33137). It’s called COR and construction will start July 2007 + complete in 2009. COR will have 113 condominium units, 20,100 square feet of office space, and 5,400 square feet of retail space (includes cafe + furniture store). Chad Oppenheim designed COR with the assistance of energy consultant Buro Happold + engineer Ysrael Seinuk. As you can see by looking closely at the pictures, the 10 inch, energy-efficient exoskeleton incorporates wind turbines near the top and provides numerous environmental benefits (thermal mass for insulation, shading, enclosure for terraces). In addition to wind turbines, the tower will use also photovoltaic panels and solar hot water generation.
The funky, modern building design is expected to attract creative, design-oriented businesses and trendy, eclectic professionals. Restaurants and retailers will occupy the ground floor, in an attempt to capture the urban energy of the building. Of course, the interior will benefit from a mixture of natural sun and shading and design plans call for a high-tech building infrastructure. Residences will range in size from studio to two-story penthouse units, which range in price from $400,000 to $1 million. We’re talking about Energy Star appliances, recycled glass tile flooring, bamboo lined hallways, etc. Residents will have access to the pool and fitness facility as well. So far, so good I say. Via Archiseek + Multi-Housing News.
UPDATE: I was hearing from various sources that this project wouldn’t happen. Now, there’s an interview with Chad Oppenheim about the COR Tower. This is legit and this is pretty cool.