A building represents architectural elements, tradition, culture, nature, function or any number of other things. But in an era of sustainable focus, the industry is beginning to focus on land management, better use of resources, energy-efficiency, green spaces and more. Since housing shortages abound in most areas, new construction gives builders the opportunity to highlight health and wellness for residents, but also the planet. This balance was the goal of Oppenheim Architecture in the design of a new apartment tower in South Florida, dubbed Metropica.

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A high-rise apartment complex

The location is the site of a former mall parking lot. The combination of using an established development and choosing to build high instead of wide resulted in a minimal-site-impact during construction. 

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A pathway with benches lined on both sides of it and greenery

Furthermore, embracing nature inside and around the building was a primary goal for the Oppenheim Architecture team. Green spaces within reach of the apartments invite residents to embrace the outdoors through plants

“The concept of the façade was set forth for gardens to be grown by the individual residences,” explained Founder and Principal Chad Oppenheim. “The outdoor spaces are an opportunity for people to grow their own food, flowers and connect to nature.”

A street that is filled with palm trees

Health and wellness was another primary focus for the team. In addition to landscaped terraces and a pool, the building is equipped with wellness-related amenities like a state-of-the-art fitness center. There is also classic luxury amenities such as a club room with a lounge, screening room and 24 hours concierge service. 

A room with a yellow chair and seat rest, a white shelf fills up a wall with yellow decorations on it and a painting on the other wall seen

A press release for the project stated: “Residences in the lushly landscaped ONE Metropica Residences are marked by stunning features, including floor-to-ceiling impact glass windows, imported porcelain tile throughout, smart home technologies, designer plumbing fixtures by Hansgrohe and a choice between two elegant finish palettes: nature and minimal.” 

Therefore, Metropica is transforming a traditionally suburban area into a pedestrian-friendly development. There is a direct connection to open spaces and the surrounding Everglades ecosystem

A living room area with a L-shaped couch with a black coffee table, and island and a silver fridge

In collaboration with the globally-acclaimed YOO Design Group for interior design and the creative team of Metropica Development, LLC, ONE Metropica Residences are actually phase one of a 65-acre master planned community in Sunrise, Florida. The high-rise stands 28 stories high and provides 263 residences. Apartments range in size from 961 to 2,022 square feet. They are available for purchase now and at least 75% of the units are sold. 

A pool and hot tub area with benches along the side

When completed, Metropica will encompass approximately four million square feet. There will be many amenities, including restaurants, retail shopping and entertainment for residents and visitors to enjoy. 

“We are extremely proud to be delivering our first residential building to the market,” said Bernard Werner, president of Metropica Development, LLC. “Our buyers have embraced our vision for this extraordinary community and its three key pillars: nature, wellness and happiness.” 

+ Oppenheim Architecture 

Images via Oppenheim Architecture and Robin Hill