A retrospective look at the Kampong
- 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.
- Max Strang
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.
Max Strang, David Schwade
NJM Builders, Inc.
Mike Arnspiger, Claudia Uribe-Touri
AIA Miami Award of Merit (2007)