Situated on a small island between mainland Miami and North Miami Beach, the Indian Creek Residence was designed to capture, filter, and reflect the surrounding water, the radiant tropical sun, and the meditative moon.
As a result of the careful reading of the site – with its the expansive views of Biscayne Bay and the play of light from the water, sun and moon — the house was conceived as a series of pavilions interlaced with lush gardens, water elements, and shaded pathways. Each pavilion is enclosed with louvers and large glass windows that delicately veil the structures.
Stone walls create a sense of permanence, luxury, and timeless modernity. As these walls direct you through the project, they dissolve gently into the ever-present gardens. As a result of this layering of materials, both porous and opaque, the light is controlled by the architecture, thereby delivering orchestrated compositions of vivid light and shadow patterns. Reflecting pools flow from the outdoor gardens to indoor living spaces and blur the boundaries between interior and exterior. Within the house, the materials take on a canvas-like quality for the reflections of light.
The pavilions wrap around tropical courtyard spaces and open onto a pool, a lawn planted with eco-friendly peanut grass, and a small private sand beach. While moving through the site, spaces unravel and intertwine while maintaining a constant visual connection towards the open sky and waterfront.