Bayside modern architecture in Miami. Lustrous white concrete and large expanses of glass, has never looked so elegant; this house is sleek and filled with light.
This home was designed as  “a modern day tropical Miami Beach estate,” in the spirit of the vernacular of Miami Beach architecture.
On Hibiscus Island, in Miami, the client wanted a Miami modern version of the French concept of a "Hotel Particulier" which means a proper free standing house with courtyards, gardens, a grand stair, and balanced proportions. This one has a  green roof, a floating white terrance, and is very minimal.
The stairs are cantilevered off the center section, and the entire structure appears to float in space. The ipe wood lines one side, and the other is a glass balcony facing the water.
Large panels of glass and concrete can be the simple elements of brilliant modern architecture in Miami, when the proportions and detailing are done as exquisitely as they are here. Note, on the water side, a glass floating balcony extends off the master bedroom.
Notice on the second level, spanning the length of the house, there is a terrace with glass that faces the pool and bay.
Between the master bedroom  and the children's wing on the second floor of the home, an enclosed on the sides, but open to the sky, outdoor living room. The views of the bay are perfection, and the shadows cast across the white concrete dramatic. The floor of the space is made of coral stone. Outdoor furniture is by Kettal.
A white stairway is as sculptural as it is elegant. It begins on the roof garden of the house and spirals down to the next level where it stops at a reflecting pool.
The guest quarters of this house, as seen from the entry. The sides are made of ipe wood, which is Brazilan teak.
Coming down from the roof, on the second level, a frame has been created to view the palm trees from the opposite side. It has been made of concrete but is  very thin and creates a wonderful optical illusion.
In Coral Gables a part of Miami where modern architecture is limited, the front and back of this house are totally different. In the back we see open expanses of glass facing the pool. It includes a solar roof.
A custom undulating ceiling made of walnut. On the right, a large custom wine cellar, with a 'French pantry" adjacent to it, for cooling and storage of food for a couple who love to cook and entertain. The grand glass dining table was designed by esteemed Italian architect Carlo Scarpa.
Subdued modern for the  facade. Made of coral stone, with one windown. The house is entirely coral stone, walnut and terrazzo; a very tropical palette of materials.
The house was built in 1935 during Miami’s Art deco heyday. What is unique about the house is the Palladian (as in the 16th century Italian architect) influences.
 A strong geometric shape made from structure of the roof over the courtyard against a blue sky. Dramatic architecture at its best, form and function both exceed expectations.
Modern architecture in Miami, with varying sections of glass under a bold cantilevered roof.
A modern courtyard house in Miami:<br />
The clients requested an interpretation of a house with courtyard elements. The architects created it. Here at the front entry, at the top of the stairs, placed underneath a glass and concrete element of the house, there is a garden on the interior side and the vehicular courtyard on the facing side.
A stairway with a custom light fixture, with walls clad the wall in dark basalt stone. The materials are teak and stainless.
Simple, earthy and elevated from the ground, it reflects the modesty and need for privacy of its owners. On the seaside, the house opens up to embrace the water, a park and other views.
A restoration of a 1940's Miami beach home gracefully transforms into a bayside beauty as it embraces its modern roots. Throughout the house, the excess has been stripped away to let the original and far more sculptural architecture truly shine.
Wide vertical slats of Brazilian Ipe wood create a tropical plaza. The ground's floors are topped with a concrete slab, typically relegated as garage and storage spaces. This tropical plaza represents refuge from the sun while allowing the breeze to flow under the home.
A Mediterranean revival style house once the residence of a well-known celebrity from the 30’s had been fully renovated to bring back the beauty and dignity of the period.<br />
The house is a truly indoor-outdoor structure in which there are terraces at ground level, second level, and on the roof, a vast flat expanse for sunning or entertainment. From almost anywhere inside or out, ground level or rooftop, the bay's views are riveting.
The outdoor gallery serves as a ceremonial space that celebrates the beauty of tropical light and transition through the various rooms of the house. The gallery is supported by mahogany columns detailed with stainless steal abstractions of a palm tree motif.
A brise-soleil ( a permanent sun-shading structure) of teak and copper protects the second floor from the afternoon light. Elsewhere, louvers diffuse the sun’s rays.

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