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Modernist South Island Residence by KZ Architecture


Miami-based architectural practice, KZ Architecture, has designed the South Island Residence project. The single family home is located in Golden Beach, Florida, US.

According to the architect: “With adjacent homes to the north and the south, the house’s interior design is based on a ‘western courtyard’, with all the rooms, including the living room, dining room, kitchen, breakfast, family room and bedrooms organised around it. A series of outdoor spaces was developed in order to weave a continuity of spaces and materials from the street to the water. Starting at the covered entry path, the visitor is engaged by the intimate outdoor front courtyard, which connects through the great room of the house to the rear covered outdoor spaces that front the water views.


“The long and narrow pool serves as the focal element in the courtyard, just like the sculptural staircase serves this purpose for the great room inside. In both outdoor and indoor spaces, the two slate walls – the one framing the entrance and the one in the rear that cloaks the barbeque – are in dialogue with each other to emphasise the continuity from front to back. The sequence culminates with the wooden dock which evokes the entry courtyard of the same material.

“Large projecting canopies allow for protected sun light to envelope every corner of the house. Clear-story glass penetrates the office area in the master bedroom and the access area to the children’s bedrooms on the second floor. Overall, horizontal and vertical planes of glass, stone, wood and white stucco are activated by the pervading light to accomplish an indoor-outdoor integration of spaces and form.”

Images courtesy of Robin Hill

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February 10, 2014 | Property | View comments

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