Cat Cay Residence – Out of the Blue

Building Area: 5,000 SF
Building Status: Completed 2018

Inspired by Bahamian architecture, but with a modern twist, this tropical beach house incorporates many of the design and climate adaptations found in traditional Bahamian Architecture.

The name of the house – “Out of the Blue” came from the client and was inspired by the many layered shades of blue sea which are a hallmark of Cat Cay. The palette of both the architecture and the interiors of the house were inspired by nature and our desire to connect to the beauty all around. Most of the house has a soft palette of natural and made materials – concrete, Cuban tiles, light wood. The restful white and soft blues of the walls serve both as respite and contrast to the vivid colors of the tropical seas and gardens outdoors.

The house includes Bahamian shutters, porches, breezeways, native keystone, and volume ceilings with wood cladding –elements with deep roots in Bahamian vernacular. The modern feel of the house is expressed in the openness of the Great Room, the immediacy of the connection to the dramatic reflecting pool outdoors, and the simple concrete decks perched above the rocks and beach below. Sliding doors in the main space retract to allow for 20 feet of gorgeous, uninterrupted ocean views.

The Bahamian roots of the house also provide several important resiliency features: cross ventilation makes public spaces well ventilated and AC optional during much of the year. Elevated decks capture the breezes and shady porches block the sun. The mechanical and electrical is lifted from the grounds and incorporated into the architecture. The basement houses several large water cisterns that capture the water from the gutters and pitched roofs.

The materials are simple to maintain in a harsh marine environment and unfussy. This is a tropical beach house designed to be enjoyed with family and friends.

2019 – Wall Street Journal

The Wall Street Journal asked over 200 design professionals to identify the next big decorating trends for 2019. Jacqueline Gonzalez Touzet, founding principal of Touzet Studio included cold, unnatural LED lighting on the list of what was out. What’s in is the use of perforated ceiling panels for naturalistic dappled light, resulting in a soft…

Hialeah Factory Town

Building Area: 382,050 SF
Building Status : Unbuilt

Factory town is a master plan of a 276,560 SF lot in Hialeah. The concept for the master plan is a cluster of buildings holding different programs ranging from marker spaces, markets, retail, entertainment venues, offices and recreational fields like soccer. A community of makers creating attractive work will attract and retain the 21st century Industries in Hialeah. Adaptive re-use of the existing industrial buildings for a variety of exciting uses creates a place that has activity day and night. Access to fresh food, urban farming and markets provide much needed services to the area. Community areas and programming will add to the wellbeing of residents and visitors. In addition to the program, resiliency comes into play with adding tree canopy and green elements help with heat island effect found in industrial areas.

2018 – South Florida Business Journal

Based in Miami, internationally-renowned Touzet Studio designed Grove Central, a mixed-use sustainable and resilient development project which will offer residential space, as well as retail components to its inhabitants and the passengers of Greater Miami rail and bus services. Also, the project will provide practical amenities such as 180,000 square feet of office space and…

St Albans

Building Area: 14,544 SF
Building Status: Unbuilt

Touzet Studio designed the addition and remodel of St Albans Child Enrichment Center, one of the oldest early Childhood education in Coconut Grove. St Albans has been educating young children of all abilities for over 40 years. Touzet Studio is working with St Alban’s to help them raise the necessary funding to build their classroom. This project was designed with the goal of helping to expand their facilities and offer more services to the community. The Board and the Director of St Albans were very inspired by the simple and thoughtful design ideas to help teach children of all abilities at an age where it is critical.

2018⁠ – Architizer

Inspired by the iconic architecture of the Bahamas, incorporating touches of modern flair with a mind on sustainability, the aptly-named residence Out of the Blue is a gorgeous home from Touzet Studios. Situated on the white-sand shores and sparkling blue Caribbean waters of the Cat Cay community, approximately ten miles south of Bimini, this distinctly Bahamian…

La Escondida Residence

Building Area: 15,402 SF
Building Status: Completed 2018

Among this lushness, the architects oriented the structure “so the views from each room focus on specific trees in the landscape,” according to Carlos Prio-Touzet. Aligning living spaces around the outdoors also helped them modulate how the family experiences natural light. For example, the cantilevered, second-floor master bedroom seemingly floats among the trees, so morning sunshine is diffused softly through the leaves. Spaces like the kitchen and smaller dining area were made to overlook “some of the more beautiful trees with great branch qualities, so they can enjoy nice shadow play,” Prio-Touzet says. And operable glass walls intertwine throughout the facade’s solid volumes, carving out long vistas of rich greenery. “The lights are seldom turned on all day,” he adds, “because these rooms open to the outside, picking up all the bounced light.”

“The streamlined, orthogonal structure never rises above the canopy. A tree survey was a critical starting point for positioning the house on the site and establishing view corridors, requiring only one specimen to be relocated and another rotated in its place. …The accumulation of such subtle details underscores the home’s sensitive statement, delicately floating among the trees, never overwhelming the landscape. It’s why the family has fondly dubbed their new house La Escondida, or “the hidden one”—a quiet piece of Miami’s rare wilderness to call their own.”- Luxe Nestled Among Oak Trees, A Miami Home Is A Modern Haven BY MONIQUE MCINTOSH NOVEMBER 6, 2019

Custom pieces of furniture we designed for the house include a jewel-box bar recessed into a wall of anthracite-stained white oak and slabs of basaltina. The feature is mirrored by a modular cabinet constructed of dark oak and thin bars of oxidized bronze that displays the clients’ extensive collection of antique chess pieces.

2018⁠ – TROPIC Magazine

“Our view is that society needs more buildings dedicated to serving the needs of people who leave the prison system, or immigrants coming into the country for the first time, or underemployed who are seeking to generally improve their ability to provide for their families. The fact that there is a significant homeless population near…

Domino Park Study

Status : Study

This project is a study completed for the City of Miami Planning Department. The intention was to guide what could be a future vision for one of the most popular tourist destinations of Miami-Domino Park in Little Havana.

In addition to speaking to local leaders, we spent time with the residents, interviewing them about their needs and vision for the park.

The result was a study of ideas of how to slowly evolve the park and provide a safe, welcoming environment for residents and visitors alike. Special attention was paid to materiality that evoked memories of Havana while still being authentic and true to the needs of the Miami community that relies on the park for recreation and a fun game of Dominoes.

2018 – Robb Report

“[Trends are moving] to have all rooms connected with nature with more immersion in landscape,” Gonzalez Touzet says. She adds that buyers are looking to respect and enjoy nature, a trend that will likely be highlighted by light colors, natural stones, and plants. These materials all play into more of those floor-to-ceiling windows that allow…