The Intracoastal Residence is a design that took the “constraint” of a tight narrow pie-shaped lot and developed it into an exuberant series of gardens and a grand luxurious family home.
The street-facing façade is re-imagined with an extensive side entry courtyard which provides a spatial sequence to create anticipation and experiences prior to reaching the actual entrance. As a result, the entry canopy is orchestrated by light as it shines through perforations and creates beautiful patterns in the entrance courtyard and the foyer. These perforations also allow the abundant South Floridian natural sunlight to filter into the home in endlessly various patterns form the multiplicity of interior window configurations which nestle under the exterior canopies. The home is designed as a series of parallel walls interwoven and interlaced with interior gardens which intentionally blur the line between where the interior ends and the exterior begins.
The project was created also to serve the needs of a very active and extended family community. The series of living spaces are meant to function just as flawlessly for the close-knit family of five as they do when they expand to entertain large groups for regular gatherings of all kinds. The interior spaces have enough warmth and intimacy to envelop smaller study groups as easily as they can push glass walls fully open and extend into the patio barbeque and pool areas to provide one continuous vast entertainment space with many guests moving seamlessly between indoors and out. The flexibility of this design allows the family the ability to expand and contract space easily depending upon what their schedules require on any given day, season or holiday. Whether it is swimming in the horizon pool, jumping into kayaks from their personal dock or just relaxing on the shore as they watch the boats drive by on the canal, this special home provides limitless opportunities to enjoy the South Florida lifestyle.