Architect Chad Oppenheim’s 5 Most Striking Projects
Architect Chad Oppenheim, founder of Miami-based Oppenheim Architecture + Design, has earned renown as an innovator in blending minimalism with environmentally harmonious architecture. From the serene Jordanian desert to the lush Bahamas, Oppenheim’s properties engage and harness their surrounding land and seascapes and showcase the designer’s dedication to sustainable practices and materials. He’s also had an enormous influence on the world of luxury, working with brands such as Mandarin Oriental, Starwood and Morgans Hotel Group.
Oppenheim’s rigorous yet luxurious aesthetic informs each of the 120 images in his monograph Spirit of Place (
In his plans for the Wadi Rum Desert Resort in Petra, Jordan, Oppenheim carved 47 individual dwellings into the sandstone rock surface, taking conservation measures
The Jordanian resort would include a luxury spa with stunning views of the seemingly endless desert.
This 10,000-square-foot Aspen home, set on four acres,
This 650-acre destination spa in Qatar’s
Perched on the water, Oppenheim’s rendered illuminated rooms make a dramatic counterpoint to the open-air setting.
Oppenheim emphasized a rustic imperfection, working with natural materials like reclaimed regional wood and stone, in this 3,500-square-foot home in Aspen’s Red Mountain enclave. Emphasizing sustainability, the home includes solar collectors to provide energy for power and hot water.
The home also includes cozy gathering spaces with large-scale fireplaces and wide views of the property’s many trees.
At San Silencio, a 155,000-square-foot property mixing multi-family dwellings, a luxury hotel, and commercial spaces in Caldera, Costa Rica, Oppenheim would balance the sea and jungle with homes built in lava stone, teak and bamboo. All of his structures include green roofs, providing thermal insulation, rainwater retention and habitats for flora, fauna and humans.