herzog & de meuron: jade signature miami breaks ground, model photos emerge
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the herzog & de meuron-designed jade signature miami tower has officially broken ground. construction site photos show the leveled foundation and the beginnings of a concrete slab. situated in the miami enclave of sunny isles beach, the curvy-columned high-rise will contend with florida’s below-sea-level limestone base– an obstacle that has affected the feasibility of deep subterranean construction for fear of impacting the all-important aquifer, itself the largest, oldest and deepest water table in the southeastern united states. despite the lack of a groundbreaking ceremony, a model of the building’s first few storeys and resort amenity level have been unveiled. the maquette is a significant articulation of the porte-cochère and three circular staircases that will connect the tower to the street as well as the beginnings of an explanation of the underground parking, a feature that will apparently provide a pioneering below-grade construction method. the truncated model also indicates that perhaps the project delivery method is an architect-led-design-build. such a strategy could mean that the anticipated place-making edifice will enliven the miami skyline sooner than expected.

 

 see designboom’s previous coverage of the building here.

 

herzog & de meuron: jade signature miami breaks ground
view of the pools and resort amenity level
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image via miami curbed

 

 

herzog & de meuron: jade signature miami breaks ground
image © silvia ros
image via miami curbed

 

 

herzog & de meuron: jade signature miami breaks ground
the model articulates the tower’s relationship to the street
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image via miami curbed

 

 

herzog & de meuron: jade signature miami breaks ground
ample balconies characterize the amenity storey
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image via miami curbed

 

 

herzog & de meuron: jade signature miami breaks ground
image © silvia ros
image via miami curbed

 

herzog & de meuron: jade signature miami breaks ground

herzog & de meuron: jade signature miami breaks ground
the unveiled models show the building’s covered, portico-like driveway
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herzog & de meuron: jade signature miami breaks ground
models are tangible realizations of the ground level
image courtesy of jade signature

 

herzog & de meuron: jade signature miami breaks ground

herzog & de meuron: jade signature miami breaks ground
florida’s foundations have long posed a challenge to builders
image courtesy of jade signature

 

 

herzog & de meuron: jade signature miami breaks ground
a limestone based has often prevented deep, below-grade construction
image courtesy of jade signature

 

 

herzog & de meuron: jade signature miami breaks ground
view of the beachfront construction site
image courtesy of jade signature