Oppenheim Architecture

Oppenheim Architecture

Oppenheim Architecture is an international design practice operating with the philosophy that design follows life and form follows feeling. The firm designs and builds with the land, not on the land. Framing nature through shapes and textures that enhance and celebrate their surroundings, Oppenheim strives to find harmony with nature in order to connect people with place.
Oppenheim Architecture is a firm with a clear and profound reverence for nature. From the tops of hillsides to the faces of mountains, each design has a distinct sense of belonging within its surrounding environment.

House on a Dune

Harbour Island is a relaxed yet luxurious getaway perched in the surreal cerulean waters of the Atlantic edge of the Great Bahama bank. In this earnest and timeless place, the architecture for this private residence is conceived as simultaneously powerful, yet comfortable; primitive, yet innovative; casual, yet elegant; raw, yet refined. The result is a sensual and sensitive experience, reduced to its essence through the use of elemental forms and sincere materiality and detailing. The most dramatic view of the ocean is obtained towards the crest of the dunes, the location of this modest home.

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La Muna

A complete renovation and minor addition of one of the first homes built in the ultraexclusive enclave of Red Mountain in Aspen Colorado. 30 years of haphazard­­­­­ of this rustic ski chalet with all its imperfections—an homage to the Japanese sensibility of wabi sabi. Clad in reclaimed regional wood, stone and steel the home is intended to make a minimal impact on the natural resources and merge effortlessly with its idyllic surroundings of forest, stream and mountain. Solar collectors provide needed energy for power and hot water, while extremely large operable panels of insulated glass blur the boundaries between inside and out– further enforcing a connection and deep respect of place.

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Kirchplatz Residence

A new single family house designed adjacent to the Oppenheim Europe office. This elegant contemporary structure juxtaposes with the adaptive re-use of the historic farmhouse that was converted into the office. The new and old share commonalities of materials and colors. The Kirchplatz Residence has 2 floors above ground and 1 floor underground with an outdoor backyard terrace that leads up to the ground level.

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Forte Dei Marmi

Housed within a classic, Mediterranean Revival-style building, originally constructed in 1938, Forte Dei Marmi is a new, elegant, two-story villa, Italian restaurant concept set to play a significant role in the renaissance of the swanky South of Fifth area. The 5,875 SF property, and former home of Cavalli Miami, required a complete interior redesign – one that would envisage an amalgam of the enduring spirit of classic Italian beach culture and a contemporary design aesthetic. Drawing inspiration from the Tuscan coast and the littoral Italian resort, Forte dei Marmi’s design reflects the beauty, elegance, and simplicity of its namesake Italian city, as well as the immutable modernist allure of South Beach. A palette of rich materials and textures combine to create a refined, yet comfortable interior – the perfect setting for enjoying the restaurant’s highly-crafted, culinary offerings. The concept for the lounge and bar on the second level was to create an intimate, finely- furnished environment that promotes a unique sensory dining experience, providing a flexible venue for art installations and intimate musical performances.

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GLF Headquarters

Commissioned by an Italian company, the bold, contemporary facility is intended to satisfy the firm’s desire to establish a strong presence in Miami with a new company headquarters. Transparency and simplicity are key elements in this office complex, situated near the Miami River. The concept was to create an upscale office environment with large floor plates that would allow user flexibility and evoke the feeling of open space. Unmistakably distinct from neighboring structures, the building serves as an architectural inspiration to the area, while the design itself draws inspiration from its adjacent context – citing both the inherent industrial and nautical overtones of the location and the heavy civil roots of the end-user. The program includes office and studio space, conference rooms, lounges, balconies and common areas that maximize both interior and exterior views. The resulting 4-story structure resembles a stack of shipping containers – a common spectacle visible from the project site – strategically arranged to create large unique volumes and sheltered spaces that accommodate various uses. The elegant yet simple exterior is the perfect amalgamation of the exposed concrete that envelops each rectangular form, raw steel accents and pristine glass windows. The materials were meticulously selected and combined to create a timeless piece.

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Oppenheim Architecture is an international design practice operating with the philosophy that design follows life and form follows feeling. The firm designs and builds with the land, not on the land. Framing nature through shapes and textures that enhance and celebrate their surroundings, Oppenheim strives to find harmony with nature in order to connect people with place.