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Zaha Hadid's One Thousand Museum Tops Off In Miami

Architect Zaha Hadid's One Thousand Museum is her only residential tower in the Western Hemisphere.

In 2016, architect Zaha Hadid, known as "Queen of the Curve" for her grand and swoopy building designs, had just come to inspect the work on One Thousand Museum, a tower in Downtown Miami, her first and only residential skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere. Days later, the 65-year-old was dead from a heart attack.

The construction team carried on to execute her vision for the 62-story tower, as evidenced in an episode of the PBS show "Impossible Builds." The team reached a construction milestone and last night celebrated the building's topping off with a party across the street, at the Frost Museum of Science, where Hadid's creation could be appropriately admired.

The developers behind the project are Louis Birdman, Gilberto Bomeny, Gregg Covin and Kevin Venger. New York-based Plaza Construction is the builder. One Thousand Museum will have 83 residences, some full-floor, some half-floor. The building is also known as "The Scorpion Tower." 

“We’re now one step closer to revealing Zaha Hadid’s forward-thinking design,” Birdman said in a statement. “Even in its current state, the building already stands out as the most iconic architectural work on Miami’s skyline.

The Iraq-born, London-based Hadid won architecture's highest honors, The Pritzker Prize and the RIBA Stirling Prize. She was known for projects in Europe, Asia, Russia and the Middle East, including the London Olympics aquatics center and the Guangzhou opera house. 

One Thousand Museum will have a double-height aquatic center, a sky lounge, bank-quality vaults in every residence, and like any decent Miami project, a helipad so that homeowners can flit directly over to their yachts. A full-floor unit goes for $20.5M.