A retrospective look at the Bass Residence
[Transform] the challenges of building within a "Coastal AE Flood Zone" into elevated levels of mastery.
- Grounded by a structural shell built entirely of poured-in-place concrete.
- Fused by phenomenal waterfront views and sleek spacescaping.
- Elevated by architectural composition beyond confines.
Located directly adjacent to Biscayne Bay and immediately south of downtown Miami, the Bass Residence underscores the firm’s continued exploration with the concept of a floating, rectilinear frame. In this case, however, the exposure to hurricane storm surges required that the home be raised substantially above the existing grade. This results in an impressive architectural composition where the frame acts as a third-level volume which protrudes beyond the level below.
The frame itself is offset in two different axes while also expressing variable thicknesses. Taken together, all of these conditions allow for a playful, yet sophisticated, assemblage. A massive pier of exposed concrete vertically penetrates and effectively anchors the home’s two upper levels. This pier is accompanied by two smaller exposed concrete ‘fins’ that serve as additional structural supports. These ‘fins’ also effectively modulate and randomize the walls of glass facing the bay.
Margaret Marquez Interiors
Jason Adams, Maria Ascoli, Benjamin Hale, Adrian Heid, Evelyn Gavilondo, Max Strang
Tre Leoni Construction, SDG Builders
AIA Miami Honor Award of Excellence for Residential Architecture (2017)