Architecture & Design

Zaha Hadid's One Thousand Museum Tower Will Make the Rest of Downtown Look, Like, So Ten Years Ago

Yesterday, Curbed Miami published a "motherlode" of renderings, floor plans, and other images showing architect Zaha Hadid's One Thousand Museum tower, her first skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere. The most appropriate word for the building? Badass.

In addition to its futuristic exoskeleton, the tower will feature an "amenity deck," which is essentially an entire floor of indoor and outdoor space that includes a massive fitness center and pools on both sides of the building (for sunrise and sunset, naturally). Swimmers will be able to walk over the pools on footbridges shaped like something out of Tron.

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And oh yeah, there's also a helipad, for when you need to make your dramatic Mission: Impossible-style getaway.

But perhaps the most noteworthy part of these plans has nothing to do with the design of One Thousand Museum itself. It's how sad and old the rest of the downtown buildings look next to it.

In each of the renderings that essentially Photoshop the new tower into Miami's skyline, there's no mistaking which building is the new, exciting addition. Hadid's design evokes science fiction, something thrilling and intense, possibly set in Tokyo and involving genetic testing.

The surrounding buildings evoke, well, just regular old Miami. Yawn.

But hey, nearby buildings, don't worry. We're sure your new neighbors will invite you over to borrow a cup of sugar and swim in the amenity deck pool of your choice. And if you feel like you need to step up your game, there's always LED lighting.

Visit Curbed Miami to see more One Thousand Museum plans.

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Ciara LaVelle is New Times' former arts and culture editor. She earned her BS in journalism at Boston University and moved to Florida in 2004. She joined New Times' staff in 2011.
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