Project Name: Miami Beach
Completion: November 2011
Jungles, Inc. - Raymond
Creations, Inc. - Stan
Matthews and Dave Schroeder
and Renee Gans
clients, a young family with a young son and a dachshund named Bonzai, were
very happy in their house, and had created an exceptional living environment
where natural materials abounded and Brazilian furniture created comfortable
sitting areas. Yet, there was sparse integration with the exterior. They
expressed the desire to feel as if they lived in a tree house, and commissioned
the landscape architect to determine the architectural and interior
14,240 square foot corner lot is located on an island dredged from the
surrounding Biscayne Bay by Carl Fisher, one of Miami’s pioneer developers, in
1924. The island’s original 1936 landscape plan required one Royal palm at
suitable intervals on each block. Due to these regulations, the landscape
architect planted indigenous privacy plantings using species that would enlarge
their canopies after the passage of time.
stunning architectural intervention was introduced in the entry garden, between
the two auto courts. The entry pergola, pivot door, floating concrete steps and
aquatic sculpture garden create comfort and stimulation as one enters and
departs. As the pivot door opens, the interior and exterior elements fuse, and
long views in both directions are revealed. The same materials are continued on
the ground plane, walls and ceiling, further linking the indoor and outdoor
home’s interior spaces are connected with the exterior spaces by maximizing
glazing to allow views and light. The
glazing is frosted at exterior equipment areas where no view is desired. Corner
windows were introduced to magnify the connection. A favorite louvered garden
room was expounded upon and opens up to the surrounding private garden.
A new kitchen was created to function as the
center of the home’s social spaces. An outdoor dining area with built-in table
and cooktop was created adjacent to this space to encourage outdoor dining and
a union with nature. A new pergola with sliding privacy screens extends the
master bedroom, creating a lounge area complete with fire element. The master
bathroom is celebrated, enlarged and linked to a private garden.
existing rear garden was mostly swimming pool, walled off equipment area and
pavement. The landscape architect created a feeling of more space, while
providing exterior spaces for outside living and increased the circulation both
inside and out. The large windows unify the architectural façade and afford
views through the branches of the courtyard trees, creating the feeling of a
landscape architect designed a new cabana bath and massage pavilion. It was placed
where the equipment area existed, which once obstructed the rear garden space
and circulation. The equipment was placed on top, and concealed behind a parapet
wall and flowering vines.
existing swimming pool dominated the entire garden; a stagnant space with
non-descript detail. The pool was reduced in scale, resulting in multiple user
experiences where before, swimming was the only activity. A wet deck creates an alternative patio, from
which one experiences the longest view across the garden and off into the sky,
with historic Royal palms towering in the background.
the lead on the design team, the landscape architect was able to exemplify the
possibilities of interior and exterior integration and harmony. The landscape
architect designed all exterior architectural elements, including selection of
windows and doors, working with his staff designers, and the in-house architect
of the general contractor. An architectural consultant and interior designer
were brought on at a later date to refine and resolve unresolved details. The general contractor and subcontractors
constructed impeccably detailed elements and surfaces. The water garden consultant, landscape
contractor, lighting contractor and clients all embraced the special qualities
that were sought and achieved.
Bierman and John Lehmann - Bruce
Bierman Design Inc.
Woolems - Woolems,
Exhibits (formerly Biscayne Aquaculture)
Kuhn - PCL
Landscape Lighting Inc.
Brooke - Steven
Brooke Studios, Inc.
Ballard - Arts
Work Unlimited, Inc.
Barrett - Royal Iron Creations