Venetian Way, Miami Beach 2017
Conceived as a spine, a mesh and a spiral this home for a European family in Miami Beach has a central core 18" wide by 100' long by 25' high fabricated of corten steel that dominates the entire massing from front to back, it divides and unites, it emenates shadows and it emits light. Adjacent on the street facades is the supporting element of a mashrabiya, referencing the clients native architecture which allows for sequestered and filtered view of the street. The rear spiral stair is modeled after a conch shell on its end that brings circulation from the master spa area to the roof terrace and is in itself a sculpture to an otherwise minimal water front façade.
Internally the home is a complex hierarchy of spaces, private and public, all hung from and oscillating around, the central steel core and two courtyards. One representing water, reflection and absorption and one representing terra firma, flora and contemplation. The plumbing fixtures, kitchen, wardrobes, and integrated millwork are imported from Italy.
Image © Richard Serra