Oppenheim Designs New Miami Dade College Campus

18 March 2010 (Last Updated March 18th, 2010 18:30)

A new campus centre at Miami Dade College, Florida, has been designed by US practice Oppenheim Architecture + Design. The new building is expected to achieve LEED certification for incorporating sustainable green features in the design. The 250,000ft² building is shaped l

A new campus centre at Miami Dade College, Florida, has been designed by US practice Oppenheim Architecture + Design.

The new building is expected to achieve LEED certification for incorporating sustainable green features in the design.

The 250,000ft² building is shaped like a extruded quadrangle, and features a glass and steel exoskeleton that offers natural ventilation and public spaces for the students.

Wind turbines and solar hot water collectors are attached to the roof to help the building generate its own clean energy, according to inhabitat.com.

The top of the structure is framed by two towers, which offer external public spaces at ground and sky level.

The building will feature a two-level commercial space at the base, an open-air campus arts quad on the third level and a sloping auditorium.

Offices, meeting facilities, an athletics centre, a residential area with small studios, one-bedroom rental units and a full service hotel will be included in the towers.