The house is 12,400 sf of living spaces on a 34,000 sf waterfront lot.A natural curtain of lush tropical trees surrounds the site, whilst its slightly slopping terrain offers an ideal location for the house itself inbetween a canal and a open bay.
The axis of the entrance is adjacent to one of the plot's longer sides, allowing for a bigger garden and pool space at the back of the house. A driveway leads to the rear of the house where the garage is located, discreetly screening it from the outside.
A series of Courtyards brings lights and tropical vegetation inside the house.
Architecturally, the concept was to keep the general design subtle, giving precedence to the surrounding pockets of nature. As such, the building provides an ideal vantage point from which to enjoy unobstructed views of the encompassing greenery. At the same time, the building blends into the setting, absorbing sections of green space to create a garden within.
The building's lines are predominantly horizontal, balancing out the verticality of the trees lining the site's periphery. Retractable glass panels on the pool-facing side dramatically open up the house to the outside, whilst also being mindful of the need for privacy.
A sculptural staircase leads from the ground floor to the second storey, splitting into two wings just before the tropical garden through which light filters into the core of the building. The bedrooms are positioned around this internal garden, thus making it a central feature as well as the symbolic heart of the building.
One main sustainable characteristic of the house is the use of cantilevering slabs to shield the interior spaces from direct sunlight, whilst also providing a substantial degree of natural illumination. Furthermore, sliding timber panels on the second floor's balcony also permit regulation of sunlight and shade.
A balance is struck between the man-made spaces and the natural ones, with the building formed from basic elemental shapes with raw-finished materials, such as fair-faced concrete, stone, tropical wood and clear glass. The dialogue between the components of this palette reflects a sense of warmth and immediacy with nature.
Material Used :
1. Artistic concrete group, concrete hardscape
2. Ornare kitchen
3. Wolf sub zero appliances
4. Porcelain tile - prosein usa
5. Specialty stone - opustones, miami
6. Stonework - stone and equipment miami
7. Contractor; corradi group
8. Faucets by grohe
9. Sinks by laufen
10. Closets by molteni
11. Furniture by bb italia
12. Lighting by delta light
13. Decorative lights by the lighting studio
14. Home theater - wasser to the trade, hallandale beach
15. Facade wood louvers - padexpo
16. Outdoor kitchen – dansco
17. Concrete countertops - modconcrete palm beach
18. Furniture; rh modern, bb italia, minotti
19. Paint benjamin moore