RAISE &

SHELTER

A retrospective look at the San Marco Residence

  • Project
    San Marco Residence
  • Status
    Under Construction
    Complete
  • Location
    Miami, FL
  • Services
    Architecture
    Landscape Design

“A modernist glass-and-concrete structure that is almost transparent.” —New York Times

[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.

“Most of the rooms have an element of surprise.” — Elaine Louie, The New York Times

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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.


Project Details

  • Site
    .25
    Acre
  • Size
    6k
    SF
  • STATUS
    Pending
    Complete
ARCHITECT

[STRANG] Design

INTERIOR DESIGN

L’atelier Isabelle Peribere

LANDSCAPE DESIGN

[STRANG] Design

TEAM

Max Strang, Jason Adams, Maria Ascoli, Elizabeth Starr, Camila Borges

PHOTOGRAPHY

Claudia Uribe-Touri, Bruce Buck, Calder Wilson

GENERAL CONTRACTOR

Dimond Development

ACCOLADES

AIA Florida Merit Award of Excellence, 2016