This elevated, 1,500-sf house provides a tropical refuge in the heart of Downtown Miami. The house includes 100 feet of uninterrupted glass spanning the full length of both the front and rear façades, with four sets of sliding glass doors that allow the house to be entirely open when desired. Also included is 800 sf of outdoor living space, with front and back porches and exterior shuttered doors for added privacy and protection against the elements.
Each design decision was organized around four questions that challenge the culture for building big: what’s necessary; how can we minimize our impact on the earth; how do we respect the neighborhood; and what can we really build?
Some answers came from the Dog Trot style house, which has been a dominant image representing Florida Cracker architecture for over a century. The glass pavilion typology and principles of Tropical Modernism also offered direction.