Coral Gables House

Coral Gables House

Modern seaside residence located on a waterfront in Coral Gables, facing east, with views across Biscayne Bay to Downtown Miami and the barrier islands of Key Biscayne. The City of Coral Gables has a prescriptive zoning code that favors historical styles over contemporary design. This apparent conflict between owner’s fantasy of a modern home and the City’s classically oriented design code informs the design. The lower volume is rough-hewn Florida Keystone and the larger, main volume is clad in honed Simena limestone. The true nature of this house is expressed on the waterside of the house – in the private realm where fantasies for a soaring roof and materials belonging to the present could be expressed. Glass walls hold up the sculptural roof – which provide shade and protection to the extensive outdoor terraces.

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