The design for the Morningside Residence took significant inspiration from the floating community of Stiltsville in Biscayne Bay and the “hippie chic” of informal Florida Tropical living. The primary aesthetic element, the Tropical Umbrella Roof, provides both an elegant and functional canopy of shade and ventilation for the extensive multi-level terraces below. The Tropical Umbrella Roof was created with actual timber to provide both visual warmth and valuable sustainable benefits from the natural material. The program requested multiple entertainment spaces that could function as easily for small gatherings as they could for very large ones suggestive of a house with multiple levels of spaces and privacy. The different levels provide various experiences and dynamic views of the surrounding landscape and Biscayne Bay.