Building Area: 18,000 SF
Building Status: Unbuilt
The project consists of four townhouses located on a broad landscaped boulevard in South Beach, Miami Beach, Florida. The individual townhouses are composed of a series of horizontal “drawers” of space, both enclosed and unenclosed, that overlap each other, creating areas of varying heights. These horizontal volumes are pinned together by a solid vertical element – the elevator – which sits virtually at the center of each of the compositions. The landscaped ground plane establishes the first of a series of horizontal planes that top the shifting horizontal volumes. These are alternately surfaced in stone, natural ground cover, and wood decks, all additionally containing varying amounts of vegetation and water features.
The townhouses are differentiated from each other through their individual identification with one of four elements: wood, wind, fire and water. These elements inform the design of their cast metal fences, doors and entry courts. The off-center, pivoting main doors into the entry courts are built of smooth and rough-hewn stone and cast translucent resin panels on a cast metal framework.
The 4,500 sf residential program is distributed over four full stories, one service mezzanine, and a main roof top. The ground floor contains a partially covered entry court, a two-story foyer and two-car garage. The service mezzanine contains a maid’s room, laundry and mechanical area. The second floor contains the living room, dining room, kitchen, family room and covered deck. The fourth floor contains the two secondary bedrooms. The fifth floor contains the master bedroom suite with an outdoor plunge pool and meditation area within a landscaped terrace. The first roof deck sits on top of the living room and is a green roof with fire pit. The main roof deck is a wood deck that contains a large soaking pool, summer kitchen, outdoor shower and restroom.