COR – Green Building in Miami

COR Miami

A new 400-foot cheese grater is due to be up in the Miami Design District!

Designed by Miami-OPPENheim architecture + design, it will add an interesting icon in Miami’s skyline. The key merit of $40-million, 25-storey building is the emphasis on the “green” factors:

COR extracts power from its environment by utilizing the latest developments in wind turbines, photovoltaic panels, and solar hot water generation. A hyper-efficient exoskeleton shell simultaneously provides building structure, thermal mass for insulation, shading for natural cooking, enclosure for terraces, armatures for turbines, and loggias for congregating on the ground. The incorporation of all of these elements into one building represents a major breakthrough in design and engineering.

This building actually reminded me of Centre Pompidou, in the way that they showed off their design intent and utilitarian vision through explicit, external structures. Although on first sight I thought the external grater appearance was just the whim of a cheese-obsessed architect, I was pleasantly surprised when I learnt that it is a lot more, being the platform for the multitude of green architectural details to achieve their green objectives (did you notice the brilliantly integrated wind turbine on the roof?)

[via Onsite@Archiseek]

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4 comments so far

  1. zirp on

    looks like mercz’s logo… ha

  2. Zip on

    No! Looks like a lot of Mercedes Benz’s logos.

  3. […] are such elegant, beautiful structures – I really don’t mind having one in my backyard, or the rooftop. But of course, there are people who sees them as eyesores. The sea thus become a likely solution – […]

  4. Camille on

    Finally, some common sense in architecture!!! Merecedes Benz? what kind of an ignorant comment is that? Nowadays design has become boudary free and more and more exploratory. In this very project, the design simply responds to a need, a universal one, that is, sustainability and it is the litteral interpretation of the LEED/Green thought process…The same way car design follows the ned for aerodynamism, passenger occupancy, fuel autonomy, etc. If we find latter concept that has been in use since the very existence of cars very normal, why should buidldings be any different in their concept? Congratulations, Miami, some intelligent architects have finally come your way.


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