A retrospective look at the River’s Reach
[Parlay] six decades worth of tropical modern design strategies into this forward-thinking residence
- Fused between 1950’s uniqueness and forward-thinking strategy.
- Evolved through iterations of creativity driven by opportunities for practicality.
- Demonstrated by conscious consideration of the stately structure and visual impact.
Vertical ‘fins’, which act as sun-shading and privacy elements, are sandwiched between the structural shell of the second floor. The home also combines impressively long spans and cantilevered decks to deliver an impressive visual impact. Located on Fort Lauderdale’s New River, a special emphasis was placed on enabling an outdoor lifestyle. Outdoor living and dining areas are strategically located to receive prevailing breezes and take advantage of prime views across the waterway
The home is reminiscent of Miami architect Rufus Nims’ early explorations with concrete slab designs, although on a much larger scale. In 1952 Nims introduced cantilevered concrete slabs to South Florida’s residential architecture scene with his groundbreaking design of the Adler Residence. This building technology was further advanced in the designs of Alfred Browning Parker. Five decades later, this design continues to demonstrate the ongoing relevance of tropical modern design strategies.
Alexandra Mangimelli, Blanca Martinez, Pedro Rojas, Jason Adams, Max Strang
AIA Florida Honor Award for Unbuilt Design (2016)
AIA Fort Lauderdale Merit Award for Unbuilt Design (2016)
AIA Miami Honor Award of Excellence in Residential Architecture (2019)