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One Thousand Museum wins WAN Award 2021

One Thousand Museum in Miami has been awarded Gold at the WAN Awards 2021, in the ‘Residential’ category. Al Janoub Stadium in Al-Wakrah was also recognised and received Bronze in the ‘Leisure’ category.

The award is organised by World Architecture News to promote imaginative and innovative work of talented architects and interior designers.

One Thousand Museum’s 62-storey concrete exoskeleton - a web of flowing lines integrating structural support with lateral bracing – reads from top to bottom as one continuous frame. Columns at its base fan out as the tower rises to meet at the corners, forming a rigid tube highly resistant to Miami’s demanding wind loads; its curved supports creating hurricane resistant diagonal bracketing.

The design expresses a fluidity that is both structural and architectural. The structure gets thicker and thinner as required, bringing a continuity between the architecture and engineering.

The design incorporates GFRC form-work which remains in place as construction progresses up the tower. This permanent concrete form-work also provides the architectural finish that requires minimal maintenance. Behind the exoskeleton, the faceted, crystal-like facade contrasts with the solidity of the structure. With its frame at the perimeter, the tower’s interior floor plates are almost column free; the exoskeleton’s curvature creating slightly different plans on each floor.

On the lower floors, terraces cantilever from the corners, while on the upper floors, the terraces are incorporated behind the structure.

WAN Award winners 2021

Photograph by Hufton+Crow