VILLA ALLEGRA
Monday 30 Jul 2012

 

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Scope: 9,000 SF private residence. Architecture/Interior design Location: Miami Beach, Florida Completion Date: 2009 Multiple rooms, both interior and exterior, have been added to a non-descript, one-story home transforming it into a receiver of Miami's tropical climate. While the effect is striking, minimal alterations were made to the existing structure. The house is entered through a 20'x30'x30' volume where a reflecting pool and oculus align to activate the space with reflection and luminance.

A large room organizes the house into private and public realms. Tremendous spaces with oversized windows overlook the pool and canal. A 60'x20'x20' volume, at the rear of the home provides enclosure for outdoor living. A large circular column contains an outdoor shower open to the sky. The second floor contains a secluded courtyard garden, off the master bedroom, for private activities. The project provides a flexible infrastructure for the participation and enjoyment of the pleasures of life. 

ADAPTIVE RE-USE • THIS WAS A COMPLETE REMODEL. • WHERE POSSIBLE EXISTING ELEMENTS WERE PRESERVED IN NEW DESIGN. • RESULTED IN LESS DEMOLITION WASTE AND USE OF VIRGIN MATERIALS. 2. DAYLIGHTING • WINDOWS IN EVERY ROOM. • LARGE WINDOWS ALLOWING FOR MAXIMUM DAYLIGHT. 3. CROSS-VENTILATION • DESIGN ALLOWS FOR GREAT NATURAL VENTILATION. • RESULTING IN A GREAT AIR QUALITY. • ALSO LIMITS THE NEEDS FOR USING AIR CONDITIONG/ELECTRIC FANS TO COOL. 4. LIGHT COLORED SURFACES • IN FLORIDA'S HOT AND HUMID WEATHER LIGHT COLORED SURFACES (PARTICULARLY HORIZONTAL ONES) HELP REDUCE SOLAR HEAT GAINS. • THIS PROVIDES RELIEF TO AN OVER-WORKED AIR CONDITIONING UNIT. 5. WATER MANAGEMENT • XERISCAPING - USE OF NATIVE PLANT SPECIES WHICH ARE USED TO CLIMATE AND REQUIRE LESS IRRIGATION. • EFFICIENT "DRIP-IRRIGATION" - WATERS PLANTS AT THE SOURCE. • SOLAR HOT WATER • SOLAR POOL HEATER 6. COMPOSTING • ORGANIC FERTILIZER.

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