Hadid’s Miami masterpiece unveiled

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The latest designs from starchitect Zaha Hadid for her first skyscraper in the Americas feature a vertigo inducing rooftop glass-enclosed see-through swimming pool.

The residential 215 metre-high One Thousand Museum Tower in downtown Miami, Florida, is set to be a stunning addition to the city’s skyline.

It also features an aquatic centre and lounge on the 60th and 61st floors, just under the building’s helipad and right above the penthouses.

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The rooftop pool has an underwater glass wall so a view of Miami below can be admired by swimmers with a head for heights.

Iraqi-born, London-based Hadid became the first woman to win the Pritzker Architecture Prize (the Nobel Prize of her field) in 2004.

One Thousand Museum is scheduled to break ground in the spring of 2014. The luxury residences are already on sale and are expected to fetch between $4.5 million and $15 million.

The ground floor will be given over to high-end retail outlets and top restaurants with other amenities including a cigar lounge, sun decks, gymnasiums and billiards rooms.

Hadid’s building reflects a trend in Miami away from waterside locations – traditionally the city’s major attraction – to high-rise structures.

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