DILIDO HAUS is located in Miami Beach, on the Dilido Venetian Island. The single family, five bedroom home, was designed with a unique vision, the expression of both, personal story and architectural history. The ideas built upon the strong foundations of Miami’s rich history, geography and culture, while using the latest construction technologies and high quality materials.
The façade is a synthesis of the concepts guiding the design. The architect found three sources of inspiration for achieving the minimalist façade of DILIDO HAUS. First, the rich history of Miami Beach architecture. Secondly, the precision, honesty and sustainability of German design and engineering. Lastly, her own family story, the unique personal attribute of the end user and an essential aspect of home design.
The house, totally finished by 2016, is an abstraction of elements and proportions characteristic of the Miami Modern style, better known as MIMO, which evolved at the end of the 1940’s from Art Deco and Streamline Architecture. Art Deco’s primary form was a vertical oriented rectangle which was divided into three parts, both horizontally and vertically. Concrete “eyebrows” projected above the windows providing shade from the tropical sun. Playful, colorful, rich in geometric ornament, Art Deco was firmly anchored by its strong central axis. Evolving into Streamline, facades gained horizontality. The eyebrows became a stronger horizontal element by uniting across the façade and racing around the corners to the building sides. The architecture was all about motion and speed. Nautical themes, like rounded corners and curved walls, recalling great ocean liners were also common.
The front façade of Dilido Haus expresses the key characteristics of MIMO style. Horizontal proportions become even more pronounced. The flat roof broad overhanging eaves echoed by horizontal projections of balconies, creating what appear to be two thin continuous gray lines drawn across the white façade and dividing it into three elements: roof terrace, second and ground floor.
Two identical white, round cornered, windowless blocks form a mirror image of one another facing a generous interior courtyard, partially enclosed by a double height store front glass wall. A thin bridge connects the both volumes. The solidity of the blocks contrasts with their interior openness to the courtyard and the exterior balcony projections that expand the interior spaces. The horizontal planes appear to be suspended by traditional, thin round steel columns. The curved wall separates the car port from the exterior steps leading to the main entrance landing, strengthening the central axis shift to the west and producing a subtle but noticeable asymmetry. From the front door, the main axis is projected onto the floor as a mosaic line, running in serpentine motion across the central interior space to the exterior covered back patio, dipping into the pool and finding and end point on the wall of the water feature.
In order to comply with the strict construction Florida codes, Dilido Haus exterior shell and slabs were built using poured in place concrete. Due to the soft, sandy terrain of the island, more than 30 pilotis, approximately 12 meters (40 feet) deep support the foundation. The glass windows and doors resist 177 Km/h (110 miles per hour) winds. The first floor is elevated 75 cm (2.5 feet) above the 100 year flood plain.
Dilido Haus followed strict sustainability construction parameters. The house is Leedcertified by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).
1.Windows: Hurricane Impact PGT Windows
2. Solar Panels= Advance Solar & Spa
3. Wood Decking = Resysta Technology decking
4. Interior Lighting = Tech lighting
5. Ground floor Interiors= Italian Metal/porcelain tiles sold by Italgres
6. Kitchen Cabinetry= Rotpunkt German kitchens cabinetry
7. Range Hood= Gutmann Futura 2 – German manufacture
8. Exposed Sealed Concrete Ceilings
9. Lutron Caseta Wireless lighting control
10. Appliances: Bosch