Gallery: NEW GREEN TOWER IN MIAMI – The COR Building

Oppenheim, Sustainable Architecture, Miami Design District, Wind Turbines, Solar Power, WInd Power, Energy Efficient Tower, Mixed-Use Design

A new high rise is going up in Miami’s design district, and its a lean, green, eco machine. A collaboration between Chad Oppenheim architecture + design, energy consultant Buro Happold, and structural engineer Ysreal Seinuk, the $40 million, 25-story, “COR” building will incorporate mixed-use residential and commercial space, integrating green technologies including wind turbines, photovoltaic panels, and solar hot water generation. The building’s exoskeleton is a hyper-efficient structure that provides thermal mass for insulation, shade for residents, and architectural elements such as terraces and armatures that support turbines.

With an aim to attract creative and design-oriented businesses and professionals, the interior of COR features sleek commercial and comfortable residential spaces ranging from $400,000 to $2 million. Each residential unit will include Energy Star appliances, recycled glass tile flooring, and bamboo-lined hallways. In total, COR will play host to 113 residential units, 20,100 square feet of office space and 5,400 square feet of retail space (which already includes a café and furniture store). Estimated completion is scheduled for 2009, with the ground breaking ceremony in July of 2007.

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  1. Adriana Garratón September 3, 2013 at 9:16 pm

    Has it been built?

  2. lapacia March 2, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    So…has this building been nixed?

  3. skmindgames May 11, 2011 at 11:05 am

    Thank you for post

  4. vjav8 November 22, 2010 at 5:23 pm

    what Happened ?

  5. ironic0n December 27, 2009 at 6:51 pm

    yes. very problematic (although seen in 2009) – were they thinking this creature actually would be built?
    but actually such jokes happen.
    – recycled glass tiles and bamboo wall panels. sound very “green”.’ tromb wall and thermal mass nonetheless.
    and as a crown -the turbines, sticked to the roof. sorry it an hoax and a fraud. commercial marketing tool, green washing – but for very very ignorant investors.
    not mentioning urban context etc
    but the article shouldnt be taken down – a great illustration of an american dream in motion.
    ignorance is happiness, brothers

  6. lancelot August 12, 2008 at 12:04 pm

    What is the name of that building’s facade material?

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  8. Brad Guy March 4, 2008 at 1:13 pm

    Love this site and projects featured. Found this and even Oppenheim own site shows construction in 2010. Perhaps better to consider waiting to post projects that are real rather than not-even-to -point-of-actually-being built concepts, so as not to confuse the two.

  9. Simon January 18, 2008 at 12:22 pm

    What is wrong with you people – this is a truly AWFUL building, or would be if the project ever went ahead! Sustainable development is a little more complex than sticking wind turbines on the roof

  10. Kiley January 1, 2008 at 4:29 pm

    This is a very beautiful deisgn and i would love to visit this. I think it will attract many visitors because of the building’s unique design.

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  12. ar. amol chougule October 28, 2007 at 6:32 am

    can i know some more @ it?

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  14. Refresh Gene October 6, 2007 at 10:10 am

    I like the idea because it get’s people beyond the thinking of us as tree huggers but rather people who care about the future, I could write so much as to why this building is important, Congatulations on your design

  15. Joe Torres July 27, 2007 at 9:14 am

    I understand the forming contractor is using chinese panels that are not FSC ceritfied and have a terrible record regarding formaldehyde release.

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  17. Cindy May 20, 2007 at 2:43 pm

    The reason why you cannot find any legit information on this project any longer is because this project is not approved to be built and will never get approval for construction. I live in Miami FL where this proposed project was to be built and have gone to many of the architect’s presentations. This is all just fanciful thinking and a great PR stunt by the architect [Chad] to get his name out there in the green design community. The architect never expected for this project to go through. In my opinion this article should be taken down.

  18. Arash March 17, 2007 at 1:03 pm

    Do the wall curtain frames really look like that?! I mean such a cool design needs more .

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  20. margaret February 11, 2007 at 11:13 pm

    Please build anything that isn’t the same crapola that’s been infesting this town the last few years.

  21. » Blog ... December 31, 2006 at 12:30 pm

    […] A new high rise is going up in Miami’s design district, and its a lean, green, eco machine. A collaboration between Chad Oppenheim architecture + design, energy consultant Buro Happold, and structural engineer Ysreal Seinuk, the $40 million, 25-story, “COR” building will incorporate mixed-use residential and commercial space, integrating green technologies including wind turbines, photovoltaic panels, and solar hot water generation. The building’s exoskeleton is a hyper-efficient structure that provides thermal mass for insulation, shade for residents, and architectural elements such as terraces and armatures that support turbines. Read More […]

  22. Luis December 26, 2006 at 9:42 am

    I agree with the idea of incorporating means of sustainable energy into buildings. As for the design of the building I think that it should respond better to its organic intensions. For example: wouldn´t it be better for the wind turbines if the plant is cicular (It would be better for the design not to have edges). I also think that the structure lines shouldn´t be so evident, It seems like the building is a reformulation of the classic buildings but with round windows, it would be better to see a much more organic skin for such a innovative building.
    Bottom line, I support the idea but I would like the design to be more faithfull with the concept.
    Best luck,

  23. Diego del Castillo December 23, 2006 at 4:25 pm

    Very interesting building… I really like hoy they have managed to externalize the idea of sustainability…

  24. Marilyn December 18, 2006 at 4:29 pm

    I love the idea!!! But it looks like a piece of a childs Erector Set or Maybe a wine rack. I think the design could have been more pleasing to the eye!!!

  25. bret December 15, 2006 at 8:49 pm

    lego land

  26. mercedes December 15, 2006 at 5:58 pm

    I am an architect and happen to live in Miami . I know this office very well and have friends who work there. I have to tell you that you should research your projects a bit more. This is a prime example of green washing. The project is not going to be built and was using the whole “green” idea as a marketing tool. The whole project is not going forward, is too expensive to build and is also questionable use of wind power in an urban context.

  27. charles December 15, 2006 at 2:00 pm

    interesting concept. i agree with the noise of the turbines, also i wonder about their effectivity. 100% all year round? and the facade. looks lovely in renders.. but how r they gona be built in real life? a-la mikimoto ginza of toyo ito? i doubt they will be that seamless… but overall a refreshing sight. hopefully not be replicated and suffer early ‘dated’-ness

  28. Steve Davis December 14, 2006 at 1:01 pm

    We like this design a lot, and have been working on more conical tower designs with lots of portholes or
    other fenestrate openings ala mico sea creatures, see site. There are still a lot of problems with high powered windturbines and buildings, they are incredibly noisy with unconfortable irregular vibrations. Local codes in Palm Springs Ca require very large setbacks from residents. But small 12 volt windmills, like at Mike’s Windmill Shop in Showlow AZ could make much nicer window sized powerplants with proper cowlings and safety screens.
    To get to real power, the diameter is probably too large for window looking openings. Perhaps some sort of wind scoopes could duct to horizontal turbines on the roof? The Chinese are making a wide variety of efficient designed windmills, some of which may apply to this problem. The can also pump water quite well.

  29. jason s December 14, 2006 at 9:45 am

    Has there been a high-rise building actually built yet with integrated wind turbines? I keep seeing these in designs, but not built. From an engineering point of view, there will need to be some serious vibration dampers on the turbines. Has anyone done any studies yet? I am interested to see one built since this is sort of uncharted teritory.

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  31. Nicholas December 13, 2006 at 2:00 pm

    just posted alink to you on my site re: this building. Love the site and love the building!!

  32. Richie Kessler December 13, 2006 at 3:07 am

    Beautiful and novel designs. Two buidings seem pictured. Are there two, or is the second smaller building an extension of the first ? The smaller extension, if that’s what it is, seems to employ a design pattern that’s a replica of the ‘Flower of Life’ , or 6 intersecting circles fitting within a hexagon shaped area. It’s fascinating and interesting to see this design used this way. It’s also interesting to see it make 90º turns and keep going. I have one concern though. How will the windows of the smaller building employing this ‘Flower of Life’ framework have its windows cleaned ?

  33. Rakesh Tewari December 13, 2006 at 3:00 am

    Nice concept !
    Pioneering approach, I think many wil follow it in coming future.

  34. Dave Lankshear December 13, 2006 at 2:24 am

    This is brilliant, and just one of a range of energy efficiency measures we need as we slowly but surely enter the last oil crisis. Living closer to work and play is something we should all aspire to, given that the Australian Federal senate peak oil enquiry has just found that we are at or very near to worldwide “peak oil”. They also found that there is no silver-bullet, “”There is no universal panacea, no one perfect solution”. Chapter 4:4

    They basically concluded that “”Increasing walking, cycling and public transport use in cities is a worthwhile goal for a number of reasons, regardless of predictions about the oil future. If there is a long term rise in the price of oil, it will be all the more necessary.” Chapter 5:21-22

    In other words, energy efficient cities, not energy efficient cars. This is an attractive solution, and I just hope we have more time to adopt this kind of paradigm shift in the many sectors that peak oil confronts.

    Best Regards

  35. Preston December 12, 2006 at 7:34 pm


    No big deal. I’m only coming from the perspective that a high quality blog like Inhabitat (probably the best in this genre) should maintain lucidity and academic excellence in its reporting. A misunderstanding here, so I’ll keep my fingers shut from now on…

  36. Evelyn December 12, 2006 at 7:02 pm

    B.A.C –

    The Information regarding Oppenhein’s Cor Building came directly to my e-mail box through a press release from our friends over at Suzan Grant Lewin Associates ( We often receive press releases from various agencies.

    Preston –

    Unfortunately, or rather fortunately there are a lot of excellent online sources out there and we cannot control who receives and circulates the information first. We do our best to filter through the information and post what we believe our readers will find most relevant. I’m sorry you feel we do not do a better job citing our posts, but we honestly try to do our best to link back to the original source to give credit where credit is due. As for the comment on Wolrdchanging (, you might note that one of our managing editors here at Inhabitat, Sarah Rich, also happens to be the managing editor at Worldchanging so there is a tendency for information sharing between the two.

    Thanks for reading and your comments –

  37. Preston December 12, 2006 at 6:47 pm

    B.A.C. –

    You have a good question. Inhabitat doesn’t really link or attribute that well (then they rave about the post on Worldchanging as if they created the concept). Oppenhein doesn’t have anything on COR at their website, so where did the information come from? Here’s my guess, it’s been posted all over the green blogosphere in the past couple of weeks, so you take your pick:

    Archiseek: (probably the original article)
    Jetson Green:
    Multi-Housing News:

  38. john t unger December 12, 2006 at 5:29 pm

    Wow. I love the inbuilt wind turbines! That’s brilliant!

    Gives me some ideas for the when I rebuild my studio building…

  39. Aaron Plewke December 12, 2006 at 3:57 pm
  40. Greg Poloynis December 12, 2006 at 2:47 pm

    I think it’s a great first step in challenging the conventional community ‘fabric’. I doubt the freeway would be much of an issue, and it would promote alternative design thinking. It should be red, though. Or maybe yellow, like that “Connect-the-Dots” game from a couple of decades ago…

  41. Daniel December 12, 2006 at 1:43 pm

    This is an interesting design for an highrise, but I think it would stick out too much in maimi where there are few buildings that complement that design. I’m not saying that it would be bad for maimi to have a building with such design, but the rest of the city would have to change to incoporate that design like in Tokyo.

  42. MiamiNights - Miami Bea... December 12, 2006 at 10:21 am

    […] I hadn’t heard anything of an approval for a 25 story high rise in the Miami Design District until I was surfing the internets and found these articles. Now your asking yourself, “whats new about another building going up in Miami?”. Well according to the article the Cor Building will be a Green building as well. A new high rise is going up in Miami’s design district, and its a lean, green, eco machine. […]

  43. B.A.C. December 12, 2006 at 10:06 am

    I live in Miami and haven’t heard a peep about this building. Has this been confirmed by the Miami commission? Is there a link to the building site? Is there anyway to confirm this project outside this site? Thanks!

  44. G December 12, 2006 at 4:05 am

    Seinuk is one cool cat. Structures professor. I never get to hear anything about any of his buildings, but they go up all over the place.

  45. December 11, 2006 at 3:46 pm

    […] Building For The Future A $40 million, 25 story, “COR” building will be changing the skyline of Miami and the ideas behind how high-rises can help the environment. This building will not only be a beautiful piece of architecture, but it will also integrate green technologies “including wind turbines, photovoltaic panels, and solar hot water generation.” Read more and see additional photos on Posted on December 11th, 2006 in Rhaya Shilts by Rhaya | Permalink […]

  46. Tara J. December 11, 2006 at 1:59 pm

    Interesting idea, but I’m uncertain how aged or out of place it will look 20-30 years down the line.

    Really I just want someone to build a cheese shaped building next to it. The cheese grater building would then be complete!

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  49. Ro December 11, 2006 at 4:52 am

    Although I like the building very much, I really have doubts about the location: next to a highway.
    But maybe that’s just me.

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