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Montclair Condominium Complex, Miami, Florida, by OPPENHEIM Architecture+Design

Sunday, February 27th, 2011

Existing at the intersection of civic, commercial, and residential activity, the 65,000 square foot Montclair condominium complex project by OPPENHEIM Architecture+Design located in Miami Beach was the result of a process of contextual sampling subject to the restrictions of an exaggerated historic preservation agenda and municipal zoning constraints. Confronted with 2 lots that straddle a nondescript, but sacred Post-war apartment building, the massing of the complex is derived from the collusion of abstract reference and the mundane. Financial objectives– the maximization of saleable area and idealized unit/parking correlations are kept in check with sensitivity towards the maintenance of the surrounding urban fabric.

Montclair condominium complex


Fast Facts: Architect: OPPENHEIM Architecture+Design

Location: Miami, Florida

Project: Montclair

Scope:  65,000 SF condominium complex. Architecture/Interior finishes

Location:         South Beach, Miami Beach, Florida


Evolver at EPFL in Lausanne, Switzerland by Alice Studio

Sunday, February 27th, 2011

Evolver is an inhabitable sculpture erected for the Zermatt Festival, the renowned annual event for Chamber Music featuring the Berlin Philharmonics and many others. As an architectural artifact Evolver intervenes spatially on the panorama surrounding Zermatt and was designed and executed by a team of 2nd year architecture students from the ALICE studio at EPFL in Lausanne, Switzerland.In an effort to take full advantage of the site’s extensive and astounding views, the project sits strategically next to the lake Stelli at an altitude of 2536m.

Evolver - photographs © Joël Tettamanti / ALICE Studio EPFL

  • Architect: Alice Studio
  • Project: Evolver.
  • Location: EPFL in Lausanne, Switzerland.


Weekend House on Lake Superior, Minnesota by Julie Snow Architects

Saturday, February 26th, 2011

The weekend house is reduced to a few essential elements. The main house and a small studio are arranged on a black platform that rests just above the ground. The two black volumes frame the water of Lake Superior as it extends toward the distant horizon.

View of Fireplace

  • Architect: Julie Snow Architects
  • Project Name: Weekend House on Lake Superior
  • Project Location: North Shore of Lake Superior (near Schroeder MN)
  • Project Size: Main building: 1024 SF
  • Studio: 256 SF, Overall Dimensions 16’x112’
  • Project Completion Date: 2008
  • Photography Credit: Peter Kerze (more…)

Kralingse Berg in Rotterdam, Netherlands by MVRDV Architect

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

Rotterdam is Europe’s main port, the port area stretches along the Rhine from the city centre towards the sea, its industries and cranes are the icons of the port city. The north east of Rotterdam is a sharp contrast to the general image of the city dominated by industrial activity and modern architecture: a green suburban area of great natural beauty. The historic neighbourhood of Kralingen, parklands, the river Rotte and a series of lakes with riparian leisure facilities such as yacht harbours mark this affluent part of the city. The area would be a real oasis in the dense urban fabric but it is brutally split by a motorway and train rail. The main artery of the Benelux, a motorway which connects the 3 main ports and generates constant traffic and pollution, cuts through this green area. The main eastern train lines run next to the motorway. Crouched against the infrastructure a series of industries are located, in a strange paradox surrounded by the nicest parks of the city.

Kralingen Mountain

  • Architect : MVRDV
  • Project : Kralingse Berg
  • Client : Blauwhoed Developers
  • Budget : 163,400,000 Euro
  • Program : Total of 3,655,120 m2 housing, infrastructure, industry and parking
  • Status : Feasibility (more…)

Praxis of Flow in San Juan, Puerto Rico by Melody Rees & Arthur Azoulai

Monday, February 21st, 2011

This project is a morphological study that emphasizes circulating forces and an extended field of movement. It is designed by dynamically simulating self-organizing biological systems. Simultaneously, selective decision making is used to sculpt innate yet deliberate spatial relationships and formal qualities.


Praxis of Flow

  • Project Name: Praxis of Flow
  • Designers: MegaZoo Design: Melody Rees + Arthur Azoulai
  • Schematic Design Completion : December 2010
  • Project Location: San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Status: Un-Built


Miami Dade College Campus Center, Miami, Florida, by OPPENHEIM Architecture+Design designed using ArchiCAD

Monday, February 21st, 2011

The dramatic design set forth for Miami’s LEED certified Miami Dade College Campus Center by Oppenheim Architecture+Design is visually daring and bold; yet upon further introspection, inherently elemental and concise in its organization of the complex programmatic mix. The proposed LEED® certified structure is conceived of as a portal comprised of a base and a top supported by two towers that allow large exterior public spaces at ground and in sky. The project is to serve as a catalyst-exasperating significant enhancement to the campus experience and image through a local revitalization of the surrounding neighborhood.


The proposed LEED® certified structure is conceived of as a portal comprised of a base and a top supported by two towers that allow large exterior public spaces at ground and in sky.

The proposed LEED® certified structure is conceived of as a portal comprised of a base and a top supported by two towers that allow large exterior public spaces at ground and in sky.

  • Architect: OPPENHEIM Architecture+Design, Miami, Fla.
  • Project: Miami Data College Campus Center
  • Scope: 2,500,000 SF mixed-use. Architecture/Interior finishes
  • Location: Miami, Florida
  • Software used: ArchiCAD


Villa Allegra, Miami Beach by OPPENHEIM Architecture+Design

Monday, February 21st, 2011

Chad Oppenheim of OPPENHEIM Architecture+Design’s designs, although not limited to Miami, are mainly concentrated in and around Miami. His influence is being felt most in the Design District and Uptown.

Reflecting pool

Reflecting pool

Architect:        OPPENHEIM Architecture+Design, Miami, Fla.

Scope: 9,000 SF private residence. Architecture/Interior design

Location: Miami Beach, Florida

Project Team: Chad Oppenheim, Juan Calvo, Giovana Henao, Leslie Abraham, Rodrigo Londoño, and Roger Placencia


Lilypad, a Floating Ecopolis for Climate Refugees, by Vincent Callebaut Architectures, Paris, France

Friday, February 18th, 2011

Vincent Callebaut Architectures of Paris, France has designed a Floating Ecopolis for Climate Refugees, predicting that by 2100, there will be a large crowd of ecological refugees to occupy the “Lilypad.” According to the principle of Archimedes, the melting of the arctic ice-floe will not change the rising of the water exactly as an ice cube melting in a glass of water does not make its level rise, said Callebaut. However, there are two huge ice reservoirs that are not on the water and whose melting will transfer their volume towards the oceans, leading to their rising. These are the ice caps of Antarctic and Greenland on the one hand, and the continental glaciers on the other. Another reason for the ocean rising, that does not have anything to do with the ice melting is the water dilatation under the effect of the temperature.

Aerial view of principality of Monaco

Aerial view of principality of Monaco

Vincent Callebaut Architect

Vincent Callebaut Architectures
119, rue Manin (Batiment D)
75019 Paris

PROGRAM : Floating Ecopolis for Climate Refugees / Mixing Uses
SURFACE AREA : 500.000 m²
PERSPECTIVES : Philippe Steels /


Vitra, São Paulo, Brazil by Daniel Libeskind

Thursday, February 17th, 2011

Vitra, a multi-faceted, luminous glass tower with a sculptural shape in São Paulo, Brazil, is Daniel Libeskind’s first project in South America. The building will include 14 apartments, one per floor plus a two-floor penthouse- from 565 to 1,145 square meters. The main distinction is that each unit’s floor plan will be unique. Vitra will stand on Horácio Lafer Av., in the Itaim Bibi district, between Salvador Cardoso St. and Lopes Neto St. Near Presidente Juscelino Kubitschek Av. and Brigadeiro Faria Lima Av, one of the city’s main thoroughfares. The site offers quick and easy access to several leisure sites such as the Ibirapuera and Do Povo parks.



Vitra - photograph by Crystal

Vitra Completion: 2013

Client: JHSF Participações
Building Address:
Rua Horacio Lafer, 500
Itaim Bibi, São Paulo

Technical Details:

  • Site Area: Residential: 7,240 sqm
  • Total Residential Gross: 8,800 sqm
  • Residential floor plates: Range from 610 to 670 sqm including balconies
  • Total Area with ancillary programs: 14,000 sqm
  • Roof Area: (PV): 260 sqm
  • Roof height: 77m maximum
  • Units: 15 Residential Levels- Top two comprise a ‘special unit penthouse’ 14 total units
  • Structure: Concrete


  • Joint Venture Partner/Association with Architect of Record: Pablo Slemenson Arquitetura
  • Structural Engineer: JKMF
  • Electrical Systems: Interativa Engenharia Ltda
  • Mechanical Systems: M.S.A. Mário Sérgio
  • Windows: QMD Consultoria

Photo Credits:
1 (c) SDL
2-7 ©Crystal
JHSF Project Site


Suspended Spherical Treehouses, by Free Spirit Spheres, British Columbia, Canada

Thursday, February 17th, 2011

Free Spirit Spheres are set among the tall trees of the west coast rainforest of Vancouver Island, Canada.

photo by Tom Chudleigh

photo by Tom Chudleigh

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