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Porsche Design Tower, Sunny Isles Beach, Fla.

Architects at Sieger Suarez Architectural Partnership and designers at Porsche Design Group drew inspiration from Porsche automobiles to design Porsche Design Tower in Sunny Isles Beach, Fla. The 641-foot-tall, 60-story residential high-rise is a cylindrical, metal and glass tower. Three ground-to-roof shear walls, the full height of the building, are sheathed in metal composite material (MCM) panels. The metal panels clad an entrance wall, canopies and column covers. The columns are 9 feet in diameter and 76 feet tall.

Scott Stafford, senior estimator at MillerClapperton, fabricator for the project, says the project’s use of MCM for the full height of the building is unusual. It’s typically only installed at podiums and crown features. “We had to maintain perfect alignment and flatness, even though the panels were being installed over imperfect concrete,” Stafford says. “Panels that weren’t perfectly flat and perfectly aligned would have been unacceptable.”

MillerClapperton fabricated, and Lotspeich Co. of FL Inc. installed, 52,941 square feet of Arconic Architectural Products LLC’s 4-mm Reynobond fire-resistant MCM for the project. Panels for the shear walls, column covers and canopies were finished in custom three-coat Colorweld 500 Steel City Silver. The entrance wall panels were finished in custom Colorweld 500 Graphite Gray. Lotspeich installed the MCM with MillerClapperton’s MCM System 1100 wet-seal system.

Porsche Design Tower is on 2.2 miles of beachfront property north of Miami. The 115,000-square-foot building houses 132 units, ranging from 4,252 square feet to 19,000 square feet. The units feature floor-to-ceiling glass and balconies with plunge pools.

Three robotic car elevators in the tower move vehicles from ground level to in-unit, private garages. Glass windows between living quarters and garages create gallery-like settings in which owners can view their vehicles. The $560 million project was completed in September 2016.