Desimone Engineers and Zaha Hadid Architecture – What’s the Scope? “One Thousand Museum”

Living in Miami is a very special experience 🌴. I like to say we live in paradise with a hint of picante 🌶️. You are able to enjoy the ideal, bliss-like climate all year long; but you may also expect drastic and aggressive changes in weather during the day ☀️. You can enjoy the fresh breeze by the ocean while dipping your feet in the warm sand on a Tuesday; and you can also experience the adrenaline kick while driving during the hostile storms that somehow always happen during rush hour. Thankfully, engineering and architecture professionals like Desimone Engineers and Zaha Hadid Architects, are qualified to create spectacular designs for us to enjoy our amazing city, while keeping all of us safe from these radical circumstances.

My favorite part of Miami however, is you are able to meet people from all over the globe. Everyday you learn and share all kinds of behaviors from different cultures of the world. With this in mind, if we are able to enjoy this gathering of cultures Miami gives us, why not try to share this with the world from a designers perspective? Eastern Engineering Group is building moments between engineering and architectural professionals by launching our new initiative for students called “What’s the Scope?”. For our first virtual interview, we were honored to speak with Luis Ramirez, P.E. in New York from Desimone Consulting Engineers, and Chris Lepine in London from Zaha Hadid Architects  about their amazing project, the One Thousand Museum.


The One Thousand Museum

Without a doubt, the architectural diversity compliments Miami’s vibrant energy. This being said, the One Thousand Museum has become one of the most spectacular, iconic towers in the country. This beautiful building contributes to the magic views of our beloved city. It is amazing to witness how an abstract idea can give rise to a work that is materialized and sensitive to some of our five senses. Its creators turn everything they envision into gold, as if they were King Midas. Nevertheless, it is mind blowing the amount of coordination and hard work that goes into these construction projects.

With this in mind, we were able to peek into the creative minds behind this structure. This 62-story high rise located in Downtown Miami, is the first building in the country to use fiberglass reinforced concrete, giving shape to the wavy exoskeleton of its structure. Making the cladding the very structure of a building of this magnitude was a world first. This technique allowed less interior columns, giving the designs more useful spaces. One of its objectives, according to project director Chris Lepine, was to achieve visual dynamism or visual complexity with simple rules. Check out the interview below, where Desimone Engineers and Zaha Hadid Architects answer all of our technical and design questions about this structure.

What’s the Scope? – One Thousand Museum

Zaha Hadid Architects and Desimone Consulting Engineers

It would be impossible to talk about this work without mentioning the Iraqi-born architect Zaha Hadid. She is one of the leading advocates of contemporary architecture worldwide. She graduated from the Society of Architecture in London in 1977. In 1979 she founded her own architectural studio in the English capital, where she would spend most of her life. Her style is associated with deconstructionism, which is an architectural trend that emerged at the end of the 1980s. She was the first woman to receive the Pritzker Prize.

On the other hand, Desimone Engineers was founded in New York City in 1969. They have designed over 10,000 projects in 44 states and 54 countries. Therefore, this accomplished firm has locations worldwide and is consistently on the list of Engineering News Record’s Top 500 Design Firms. Thanks to this dream team, we are able to enjoy the sight of this tremendous architectural gem.

What’s the Scope? An Initiative for Students

As professionals, we owe it to the successors of these design disciplines to share our knowledge. Architecture and engineering students are constantly looking for internships so they can apply the theory they learn in school. Thus, we decided to build this initiative to bring professionals together and discuss the innovative solutions they came up for these projects. We would like to thank Chris and Luis for giving us such an insightful interview. This was a very unique experience for our network of students; they were excited to hear real world challenges they may encounter during their professional lives.

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