A retrospective look at the San Marco Residence
[Raise] above existing grade, accommodating this home to its South Floridian climate:
- Constricted by site conditions, resulting in an open air courtyard.
- Adapted by utilizing protective louvers and deep overhangs for interior spaces.
- Raised to accommodate the occasional hurricane, and the uncertainties of sea level rise.
The home is organized around a garden courtyard, a time-tested strategy which was regularly employed by Florida’s mid-century modernists such as Paul Rudolph and Gene Leedy. In this iteration, however, the challenges of a constricted site combined with a prescriptive zoning code to result in a two-story courtyard that is open to one side.
The design of the San Marco Residence demonstrates a careful interconnection of privacy and transparency. Interior spaces are nested within a complex arrangement of sun-shielding forms, while protective louvers provide further expression of the building’s adaptation to its specific climate.
L’atelier Isabelle Peribere
Max Strang, Jason Adams, Maria Ascoli, Elizabeth Starr, Camila Borges
Claudia Uribe-Touri, Bruce Buck, Calder Wilson
AIA Florida Merit Award of Excellence, 2016