Located directly adjacent to Biscayne Bay and immediately south of downtown Miami, the Bass Residence underscores the firm’s continued exploration with the concept of a floating, rectilinear frame. In this case, however, the exposure to hurricane storm surges required that the home be raised substantially above the existing grade. This results in an impressive architectural composition where the frame acts as a third-level volume which protrudes beyond the level below. The frame itself is offset in two different axes while also expressing variable thicknesses. Taken together, all of these conditions allow for a playful, yet sophisticated, assemblage.
A massive pier of exposed concrete vertically penetrates and effectively anchors the home’s two upper levels. This pier is accompanied by two smaller exposed concrete ‘fins’ that serve as additional structural supports. These ‘fins’ also effectively modulate and randomize the walls of glass facing the bay. Perspectives of the Biscayne Bay from within the home are sublime. The reflective qualities of the water are echoed through glass elements of the home itself resulting in an intriguing interplay of light.
We provide turn-key, lifestyle design services through architecture, interior design, lighting design, landscape design and aquatic design. Our projects range from single-family residences, condominium residences, boutique hotels and master land planning of mixed-use residential resort communities.
We begin the design process through the lens of what the individual site brings to us. Tree canopies, water access, privacy needs all play a role in developing your program into a graphical form. This initial concept drives the creation of 3D designs that then enable us to study sun angles, shading techniques, scale and dimensions of the structure. Upon the arrival of the finalized architectural design, we delve into the technical and engineered worlds that will merge with our host of services next in line for production.