In a mixed-use Miami condominium designed to extract energy from its environment, the synergy of form and function yields unique aesthetics.

Cor, designed as the first sustainable, mixed-use condominium in Miami, represents a dynamic synergy between architecture, structural engineering, and ecology. Rising 400 feet above the Miami Design District, Cor extracts power from its environment through the latest advances in wind turbines, photovoltaics, and solar hot water generation—all integrated into its architectural identity.

The exoskeleton and shell simultaneously provide building structure, thermal mass for insulation, shading for natural cooling, enclosures for terraces, armatures for turbines, and loggias for congregating in ground-floor public spaces. Comprising commercial spaces, offices, fitness facilities, live/work scenarios, and residences, Cor provides a flexible and integrated lifestyle platform.

For this complex project on a very tight site, we looked for hyper-efficiency in collaboration with engineer Israel Senek. Known for his work on some of the tallest buildings in Manhattan, Senek designed an exoskeleton that removed the need for bulky sheer walls, allowing maximum planning efficiency. From this diagonal, external structure, we designed a sculptural façade patterned with the Circle of Life, an ancient Sanskrit symbol, integrating the structure with its architectural skin.

Through exhaustive technical research, our design has incorporated the latest technologies alongside traditional passive energy features. Wind rose analysis revealed wind turbines were the best way to generate power for the building’s footprint. The rooftop supports an urban farm and orchard. And thermal mass analysis defined the thickness of the façade to mitigate heat gain.

The poetry, beauty, and uniqueness of Cor comes from solving all the technical issues first. Visionary, yet grounded in physical practicalities and parameters, the project merges aesthetics and engineering in a new model for sustainable architecture.

Miami, Florida, USA
480,000 SF
Architecture, Interior Design
Project Team
Chad Oppenheim, Carlos Ramos, Juan Calvo, Carolina Jaimes, Rodrigo Londoño, Juan López, Hugo Mijares, Camilo Orozco, Jessica Santaniello
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