Located on an expansive site overgrown with oak trees and native vegetation, this single family home, was designed around the preservation of existing landscape. Creating an interwoven series of thresholds between existing exterior landscape spaces and new contemporary styled interior spaces, the tangible boundaries of shelter, leave an open-ended assortment of possibilities for interpretation. The home weaves around the existing trees, creating the forms that lends itself to an open plan while taking advantage of the views into the negative spaces created.
The entry, centered between the two main programmatic elements, allows you to immediately experience the site upon arriving, by bringing you underneath the trees, past water features and textures. Upon entering you get a direct view of the pool, terrace and trees beyond. This area falls in the middle of the largest oak trees on the site, creating a lush canopy over the space. Green walls and roofs were added to allow vegetation to exist on horizontal and vertical planes. The green roof on the second floor is an extension of the existing landscape, bringing you from under the trees and into them.
Situated one block from Biscayne Bay, the Four Seasons Hotel & Tower is the tallest structure in the southeast. The tower is clad in a glass and metal skin, and the low-rise podium containing parking is stone and pre-cast panels.
The project is designed around the idea of luminosity, taking cues from the quality of the light in Miami and the intersection between the sky and water. The result is a building that is wrapped in soft, light glass with unique silver, reflective metal details. Amenities include a 65,000 square foot roof terrace with pools and gardens designed by landscape architect Dan Kiley.
Handel Architects was Design Architect in a joint venture with Bermello Ajamil & Partners of Miami.
Situated on a lush acre estate with a canopy of old growth live oaks, this property is a hidden gem amongst a suburban backdrop. In order to meet the client’s desires and maintain a clear concept, the overall design process began with the intent to preserve and benefit from the natural elements that exist on the property.
The abundance of natural vegetation served as defined edges of the parti, reinforcing the east west axis that the building’s plan is oriented on. Overlaid on that axis is the central 3 story entry hall which serves to divide the plan into public and private portions of the space. The main double height living room area is hidden from the street view by a stone feature wall that wraps into the foyer and forms the western wall of the entry hall. This wall is punctured only by the ‘floating’ office volume, articulated in wooden slats. The office overlooks both the front yard and the pool area as it hovers above the living room, and is connected to the rest of the house by a steel and glass bridge suspended inside the entry hall’s 3 story space. A second steel and glass bridge connects the 1,200 square foot master suite to the rest of the space. The main feature in the suite is a centrally located ‘sky shower’ which will provide natural light and ventilation into the space. The roof over the master suite and children’s room wing will serve as layout space for the photovoltaic solar panels, while the roof over the double height living room area serves as a sun deck, finished in Ipe wood planks.
One Thousand Museum is a 60+ stories ultra-luxury condominium tower overlooking Biscayne Bay. It consists of over 80 units – four townhouse units, 70 half floor units, eight full floor units and one double height Penthouse at the top of the tower. Once completed, One Thousand Museum will be one of the most spectacular residential developments in the world. Internationally acclaimed and Pritzker Prize winning architect, Zaha Hadid, has been commissioned to design the 62-story, architectural masterpiece. Our firm has been selected as Architect of Record to translate her vision.
The inherently, tall, slender volume offered an ideal starting point for tower studies. A sinuous, sculptural structural expression was chosen as a unifying signature feature, shadows created by recessing the façade create a back-drop to the prominent structure where the interplay of vertical structure and horizontal balcony establishes the tower’s rhythm.
The ground floor has nearly 6200 sf of double height leasable space for retail or F&B with BOH delivery areas and a feature drop off entrance for residents. Podium levels incorporate approximately 300 parking spaces with an amenity deck and mezzanine on the top podium level.
Balcony areas are a unique feature for the tower expression, as well as, the unit layout. In the lower zones, corner balconies are a defining feature offering extensive outdoor space that is “sculpted” out of the exoskeleton structure. Rising up the tower, balconies transition into East or west facing balconies as recesses push into the façade. On the uppermost levels where a unit occupies an entire floor, balconies on the east and west provide a deep, protected outdoor space.
Above the top of the tower amenity levels, a volume appears to be suspended from the tips of the exoskeleton. This volume serves multiple functions. From low, external views of the tower, it is a defining piece of the architecture. Within the amenity space, the angled volume creates a soaring interior ceiling. At the top of the tower where the most expensive one unit per floor condominiums are located, a split in the corner condition is clad in folded glass elements.
CONSTRUCTION START: Q1 2015
COMPLETION DATE: Q4 2018
Ice was designed for a site on Melbourne Beach, FL. This project won the AIA, Ft. Lauderdale Chapter “Excellence in Design” award in 2005. This project is a site specific response to restrictive zoning, set back and ocean view corridor regulations. To maximize the usage of the tight, trapezoidal shaped lot, the programmatic spaces were lifted one story and parking placed on the ground floor of
the building. Through careful manipulation of the building form, the design brief’s request for at least half the units to have an ocean view was exceeded with 21 of the 23 having a view of the Atlantic. The exterior façade’s composition is a layering of solid and void elements that depicts the hierarchy of interior spaces volumetrically upon the facades. The open living spaces are served by large corner terraces with sunshades that appear to be reaching toward the ocean to further enhance the link between the structure and its natural views.
FORT LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA
The Buena Vista Hotel, in Lauderdale by the Sea, is a re-adaptation of an existing hotel that contains a two story section to be demolished for an addition and a three story section to be reused with the addition of a fourth floor. The final design is a single, four story building with a rooftop pool deck and amenities. As a seaside site, nautical themes guided ODP in the selection of forms and materials. Wood decking, sunshades and sunscreens recall docks and maritime structures while railings and cables make connections to sailing vessels.
FORT LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA
Situated in an affluent neighborhood in the city of Tegucigalpa, Honduras, this 20 unit multi-family residence sits on the edge of a hillside site overlooking the city. The client’s desire was for a modern design that would house a mix of unit options for the intended market. Besides the number of units and square footage needs, the only other requirement was that the building was not to block the owner’s view, whose residence overlooked the site below. To meet this and maintain a proportional scale to the existing neighborhood, the building was broken into 3 small forms, which are connected by a main circulation datum. The units were organized along this datum, oriented towards the south and away from existing structures, such as the tall residential building to the west, so that residents had unobstructed views to the city.
From the street level, these floating forms appear to be perched on a stone mass carved out of the mountain side. This stone wraps around the mountain facing side of the bottom three floors which hold two parking levels plus a level of units. Upon entering the site, the road slopes down to the parking levels, passing alongside the stone wall on the left and the carved mountain with vegetation on the right, passing under the floating forms and a pedestrian bridge. The pedestrian bridge provides access from the street, intersecting the forms and bringing the user to a shared common terrace, ending a suspended platform that reaches past the buildings extents.
The beautiful expanse of green that is the Lima Golf Club acts as a focal point for the District of San Isidro. The urban fabric that stretches in all directions is abruptly interrupted with this carpet of green. The buildings lining the park form the built environment’s edge, suddenly needing to relate to both park and city.
This proposal delicately balances itself between park and city. The park facade is a sculptural combination of concrete and glass volumes with large double height openings forming direct links from the park to the inner light and air shaft.
Beyond the light well a vertical glass volume allows the views to extend through the building to the waters of the Pacific Ocean beyond. This layering of glass-void space-glass allows an occupant of any unit to be visually connected with not only both the park to the north and the city to the south, but to the sky via the light shaft, all while standing in his living room.
The park setting is reinforced within the structure, starting at the ground level, forming a large courtyard garden at the base of the light and air shaft. The elevator lobby is lifted at this floor as well, to permit this courtyard to reach into the rear yard of the building, carrying the garden space to the very back of the lot.
The double height openings on the façade form large open terraces, bringing the park into the two special double height units located at floors 6-7 and 14-15.
Paramount at Miami Worldcenter is a residential tower to be located on the western edge of the Miami Worldcenter site, along First Avenue between 8th and 9th street. Public amenities and 473 condominium units total 1,600,000 sqft.
Architect of Design for this project is Elkus Manfredi. Our firm was selected as Architect of Record to translate their vision.
CONSTRUCTION START: Q4 2015
COMPLETION DATE: Q4 2018
Located at SW 1st Avenue, extending the full block between SE 13th and 14th Street, the tower is located in the heart of the Miami Financial District. This site is uniquely situated in one of the last zones to have an allowable height limitation of 850' in the Brickell area.
1399 Southwest First Tower represents a new chapter in high-rise residential design for Miami. Waterfront lots with unobstructed views East can no longer be found. Miami architecture must now find solutions to the more urban infill type of sites that are emerging in the very dense downtown area. Constrained with existing towers blocking the key view corridors, this new type of architecture must respond in a holistic way to create viable economic use of these sites. 1399 Southwest First Tower accomplishes just that.
This was a 4,250 sqft, two story addition to an existing school building on Fisher Island, Florida. The utilitarian program was to include classrooms, library, science lab, art studio, outdoor terrace and playground and parking modifications. The client, Fischer Island Day School, asked for a specific modifications to the well-known Spanish Mediterranean Style. ODP took a technical position on this project to be of best use in the construction of this project.
2000 Biscayne Boulevard enhances not only Miami’s skyline, but also the standard for high-rise, residential design. Rapid growth challenges designers to explore smaller sites and non-traditional view corridors. As urban centers become the focal point of live work citizens, a new type of architecture must respond in a dynamic, holistic way creating an economically viable and user-friendly tower.
In contrast to the strict, orthogonally-organized Miami streets, the site for 2000 Biscayne is slightly curved. This curvature influenced the design of the tower volume. Playful extension of the floor slabs in various directions, allows residents to enjoy the beautiful South Florida weather from their balconies. Thoughtfully designed facades and well-distributed layouts allow every unit to have a great view of either the city or the ocean.
The tower design features a step-back at the ground-level connecting it visually with the neighborhood scale, as well as complimenting the nearby retail stores without disrupting the walk ability of the existing fabric.
Located in the ever growing city of Hollywood, Florida, this residential project consists of two buildings on two different lots, bisected by Surf Road. The part of the scheme shields the project buildings from the close proximity of existing structures, while maximizing water views.
The Eastern building, which is located directly on the beach, consists of a total of 3 full floor units and a split floor plan ranging from 1,590 sqft to 2,290 sqft, with the 1st floor unit connected directly to the beach via a ramp. The overall building structure smoothly shifts South, allowing the Western building to maximize its water views through the open terraces of the Eastern building.
The Western building contains 18 units and the properties amenities.
Both building are raised to allow for covered parking and to meet federal flood guidelines.
Man, nature and machines are regularly described as one linear relationship, reducing one to evolve into the other cyclically.
In this challenge, we thought the relationship might not just be linear, but also twisted and intertwined; sometimes, one piece would become indistinguishable from another: is man the ultimate biological machine? Will man-made machines surpass men themselves?
Our goal was to explore the overlaps, the moments in which, man, nature and machine blend together. For designers the inclined plane – one of the first man-made machines – is a complex tool for shaping geometries and joining programs. Our form uses inclines to work with and against the nature of the island, inviting the park into the machine, sometimes organically and sometimes via manipulation. Ideally, a visitor would experience the complexity of nature and man without realizing the presence of the machine.
The massing of the center creates the focal point of a new riverwalk at the water’s edge, which wraps around the island, and a boulevard of grass stretches across the island terminating atop the planetarium providing visitors with a view of the city and river in all directions.
Inside, visitors are always reminded of the park outside. Openings punched in the floor of the cantilever allow visitors to watch the river below in a near-theater setting. Patrons can catch quick glimpses of the exhibitions on the floors above or below as they pass through strategically-placed, double-height spaces, which also provide curators a variety of lighting types for exhibition purposes.
One Bayfront Plaza is a mixed-use development of contemporary modern design, encompassing a total of over three million sq ft; the tower is comprised of 532,000 sq ft of “Class A” office, 103,959 sq ft of retail on the first two floors, 1,055 parking spaces, a 200 luxury convention hotel rooms, 902 high-end residences, three pool decks and a green roof connected to the retail. The office design will be similar to New York buildings — columnless with open floor plans.
The plans for One Bayfront Plaza include a pedestrian bridge from the Bayfront Park Metro Mover Station to the second floor of the building’s retail.
The tower will be Miami’s signature project and the tallest building in the skyline, with 95 stories reaching a height of 1,049 feet above Biscayne Bay, with 360-degree, panoramic views truly beyond compare.
One Bayfront Plaza is designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates. ODP has been appointed Architect of Record.
Lima is a multi-layered city. Local art, culture and heritage are unique threads in the urban experience. Lima Art Museum, the Museum of Italian Art, Metropolitan Museum of Lima, ENSAD, the Byzantine Pavilion – each brings its own color to the site. The design of the Mali Contemporary Art Wing is an opportunity to weave cross-cultural institutions together and announce Lima’s potential as the next significant center for arts and intellect.
Our strategy for the museum expansion was guided by simple principles – reduce hardscape; expand the water feature; provide hierarchy to pedestrian circulation; increase greenery in a meaningful way; develop clear boundaries between the experience within the park and urban life and prioritize the pedestrian experience at all times, while standing out architecturally and epitomizing the cultural heritage exhibited inside.
The design intent is to be modern without being alien. Our design hints at traditional values of Peruvian culture while simultaneously introducing Lima as an emerging, global center for education, art and architecture.