88 La Gorce/Okto – Interiors

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 staff 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 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.

Parasol House – Interiors

Building Area: 12,309 SF

Building Status: Completed

The house is designed as a long main bar, running east-west, positioned along the north side of the property. This bar is intersected by two other elements, thus forming a series of three courtyards – each with its own separate and unique character.

The street-side of the property contains a number of mature live oaks tht helped inform the character of the first court. This “Tree Court” is bound by the Florida keystone-clad wall of the guest quarters volume and the Ficus ripens-covered volume of the garage. The court is sheltered by the natural canopy of the oak trees. The first perpendicular element, a glass-clad bridge that contains the children’s bedrooms, extends from the main bar and rests on the guest quarters volume. It shields the home’s entry and frames the entry to the second court. This court, the “Rain Court,” is bound on three sides by the circulation spine of the main bar, the guest quarters volume, and the two-story living room; it opens onto a dense garden wall.

The third court, the “Water Court,” faces Biscayne Bay, and contains the pool and spa. It was designed to create an exterior environment that encourages full access and enjoyment of the Bay and its long vistas and sunsets. The second canopy to shield a court is the concrete ͞parasol͟ that extends above the living room volume. Positioned to offer solar and rain protection, its is raised above the roof to allow Bay breezes to flow through the site, keeping both the Water Court and Rain Court cool. This parasol also acts as a solar reflector that blocks direct sun during most of the day while allowing the light that is reflected off the living room’s single-membrane roof to bounce off its underside.

Lime Tree Bay Resort

Building Area: 48,000 SF
Building Status: Unbuilt

The 2.5-acre site is located on Long Key, in the City of Layton, one of the older and certainly the smallest cities in the Florida Keys. The site is on the southwestern side of the island, bounded on the east by US 1 and on the north by a nature research station. The site is richly landscaped with mature vegetation that includes gumbo limbo, sea grape, ficus, royal poinciana, mahoe, and coconut palm. The program requirement specified 48,000 sf of luxury residential-hotel space with resort amenities and support spaces.

The 40 residential-hotel units consist of 26 two-story units above garages and 14 flats on two stories also above garages. While the 40 units are grouped into five building clusters, the units are designed as individual structures engaging each other along structural planes. The building palette comprises traditional Keys elements such as oolithic limestone for the main base elements, which also house the fireplaces, wood, metal roofs and white stucco on concrete masonry. Conceptually, solid, rectilinear walls flank glass volumes that protrude above the walls as clerestories above which a metal-lined, exposed interior, wood shed-roof is placed. The five building clusters are arranged along vehicular and pedestrian paths that are themed through palettes of vegetation. A common area open-air lounge and a gymnasium structure are located on a floating barge anchored by the properties west-facing pier. Two distinct environments are created around the two swimming pools – the southern pool sits within a grove of coconut palms; the northern pool and spa skirt the eastern boundary of the white sand sunning beach.

Pink Sands Estates – Interiors

Building Area: 950 SF

Building Status: Unbuilt

Touzet Studio did the Master Plan of the 20 acre site of Pink Sands Resort. Touzet Studio also was engaged to design a series of new estate homes, beach front cottages and common areas for this famous resort. This project was slated to be a LEED project and Touzet Studio worked on the design of environmentally conscious re-interpretation of Bahamian architecture. The cottages collected rainwater, were cooled passively through cross ventilation. The Tree Top Units were designed as floating treehouses that sat very lightly on the landscape and gave the feeling of being in a treehouse or tree canopy.

Delano Hotel Renovation

Building Status: Completed

Our client, The Morgan’s Group, hired us as the project architects for the renovation of this historic Miami Beach hotel. The project consisted of an interior remodel and interior FF&E (furniture, fixtures and equipment) for 208 guest rooms.
Working with Banjo Interiors, Touzet Studio was the architect of record and detailed all of the interiors for this project.