Building Area: 17,871 SF
Building Status: Completed
The Client’s synopsis included over 16,000 SF of program and the request that the plan organization should follow the basic layout of the 1926 Carl Fisher Estate, a property he had once owned. The program is divisible into three distinct groupings: a main house that contains the primary public and private areas; a guest pavilion; and finally a service structure with servant quarters, garage, secure storage, mechanical rooms and power plant.
The main house consists of a large rectangular volume intersected by numerous expressive elements that articulate particular portions of the program. The master bedroom suite is expressed within a cantilever that overlooks a strip of private beach and over 100 feet of reflecting pool (serving as a pool and spa). Located in a high-ceilinged wedge the family room overhangs the front garden, while the breakfast room, wrapped in a glass, extends beyond the main volume of the house to capture views of Indian Creek and the morning sun.
A twenty-five foot cylindrical void becomes the core of the house, containing its vertical circulation, a partially suspended stair that spirals up, with a nine foot width, to the roof garden, ending in a three and a half foot width. The roof of the core is built in glass allowing the natural daylight to fill the three-story void, bringing light deep within the house.