88 La Gorce


The client’s synopsis included over 16,000 SF of program and the request that the project 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 a service structure with staff quarters, a garage, secure storage, mechanical rooms, and a power plant.
The main house consists of a large rectangular volume intersected by numerous volumetric elements that each articulate portions of the program. The master bedroom suite is located within a cantilever that overlooks a strip of private beach and over 100 feet of a reflecting pool (serving as both a pool and spa). The breakfast room extends beyond the main volume of the house to capture views of Indian Creek and the morning sun while the family room, located in a high-ceiling wedge, cantilevers over the front garden.
A twenty-five-foot cylindrical void is the core of the house, containing both its vertical circulation and a partially suspended stair that spirals up to the roof garden. The roof of the core is constructed in glass, allowing the natural daylight to fill the three-story void and welcome light deep into the house.