Adapt

& Expand

A retrospective look at the Kampong

  • Project
    The Kampong
  • Status
    Under Construction
    Complete
  • Location
    Coconut Grove, FL
  • Services
    Architecture
    Interior Design

“The arrival courtyard has views out to rare trees, mangroves, and Biscayne Bay. I wanted to complement all that, not compete with it.”

- Max Strang

[Adapt] a sacred tropical context with local materials to create a meaningful gathering space.

• Massive piers of oolite that support a roof of exposed concrete.
• A state-of-the-art space fit to house research and education programs.
• Grand views over the sloping lawn, rare trees and mangroves out to the bay.

Designed by [STRANG] in 2008, The Kampong is a thoughtful and deferential addition to the historic Fairchild Estate. Confronted with the challenge of complementing the unusual modern Asian/Mediterranean theme of the existing home, Strang eagerly adopted and expanded upon the use of locally-sourced ‘oolite’ to create that linkage between the old and the new.

“I consider it sacred space.”

- Max Strang

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Oolitic limestone is the bedrock of Miami and gives The Kampong a resilient elevation of twenty feet above the adjacent Biscayne Bay. The Kampong features massive piers of oolite that support a roof of exposed concrete. The piers also conceal a network of downspouts that direct rainwater to underground cisterns which are used to irrigate the garden’s collection of rare tropical flora.

Project Details

  • Site
    4
    Acre
  • Size
    4.4k
    SF
  • STATUS
    Pending
    Complete
ARCHITECT

[STRANG] Design

TEAM

Max Strang, David Schwade

GENERAL CONTRACTOR

NJM Builders, Inc.

PHOTOGRAPHY

Mike Arnspiger, Claudia Uribe-Touri

ACCOLADES

AIA Miami Award of Merit (2007)