Using Concrete and Glass to Create a Masterpiece of a Home

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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.

The Conco Companies are one of the foremost suppliers of concrete services for the Western U.S. We got our start in 1959 in the Bay Area by offering clients the best value on a broad range of concrete services and products.  Since that time, we have taken a leading role as top concrete contractors in the region. We have four regional offices serving California, Oregon, Nevada, Colorado and Washington.


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