A recently constructed 20,000 sq. ft. home located on Miami’s Coconut Grove bay is an excellent example of integrating a man-made structure into the natural surroundings. Designed by the filmmaker Alejandro Landes, the massive concrete and glass-walled villa is his first architectural project. Throughout the beautiful home, Landes used a selection of tropical materials such as salvaged teak wood, rattan, bamboo, handmade linen and more.
Situated on a .94 acre lot, the raised structure (to avoid flooding and comply with strict hurricane construction codes and FEMA’s national ordinance) features an exposed concrete frame and columns that add to the 3-story building’s durability as well as to its sleek, modern look. The raised ground level provides a huge, shaded courtyard for lounging. Also shallow reflection pools are located beneath a large concrete plinth that wraps around the house. The white, floating staircase is composed of shell-reef slabs and “gently slopes up to the double-height main living space.” In addition the homes floor-to-ceiling windows are double-paned and hurricane proof.
Landes says that the hanging concrete staircase, which lightly hangs as through glass, takes something heavy and makes it seems like it floats, while adding a new fragility to it. The $50 million, seven-bedroom project also consists of a 73-foot-long infinity lap pool, steam room, four kitchens, and a 12-person elevator. Furthermore, the home boasts a climate-controlled wine cellar as well as an eight-car garage, and the neighboring guesthouse offers a large theater. Landes states that the construction of a house as unique as this one was a collaborative art form and very much like a film.
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