Courtesy of Microsoft / Architizer, video by SandenWolff
20 September 2016
The Architects’ Laptop: Oppenheim Architecture’s Ode to Engineers Transforms From Concept to Construction in Miami
By Paul Keskeys
“The urban myth that architects and engineers are perpetually warring with each other has been debunked time and again by incredible collaborations between the professions, but this harmony has been taken to another level for Oppenheim Architecture’s GLF Headquarters, recently completed on the bank of the Miami River. In this case, engineers are not just collaborators — they are also the clients.
…The firm began producing conceptual sketches with the help of Microsoft’s Surface Book, its intuitive touchscreen interface allowing for fast, fluid strokes on top of photographs and site plans. It soon became apparent that the industrial connotations of the building’s location and its client were the perfect drivers for developing an architectural form. “The building ultimately ended up being a series of containers stacked one on top of the other,” says [Juan] Calvo. “[It] was very exciting to be able to find that harmony between client and context.”
Read the full editorial on the Architizer website