Considering the idea of a ruin - what deteriorates with time versus what remains - this project explores the combination of architecture and built landscape, defined by a series of concrete forms arranged within a walled lot.
Situated on a narrow property near the coast in Coconut Grove, this house commissioned for a small family provides 3000sf of interior space within a walled garden. Board-formed cast-in-place concrete slabs compose the house's structure and the landscape elements such as the outdoor dining room, the shed, the pool, the carport, and sections of property wall. Secondary infill elements are composed of cement board panels set within a bright red steel frame. Sometimes they engage the concrete walls, and other times they follow their own separate logic.
The unusual orientation of the house along the propertys long edge and the entry sequence through the garden critique the traditional idea of front yard / back yard, emphasizing instead the connection and equity of house and garden.
Within the house, the shared living and dining spaces on the ground level have a skin of windows and glass doors that visually link them to the garden, while private bedroom spaces on the upper level have framed views punched through the cast concrete walls.
The garden will be lush and heavily planted with a variety of palms, ficus, and oaks, in keeping with the neighborhoods tropical character.