Concrete And Vines – Contemporary Design On An Inter-War Setting

Contemporary design in Florida

Seen from the distance, the building appears to be an old bunker which nature has taken over in time. The truth lies somewhere in the middle: the contemporary design structure supplements a bungalow built in the 30’s which lies next to it and was meant to provide extra space for leisure activities, along with an intimate sector. The building standing on a single concrete leg can be seen in Miami Beach and only the wrap-around glass walls and the growing vines give us clues about this exotic location. Pictures come via

The building is structured into three levels: the first one which houses a spiraling stairway leading to the first floor where a master suite can be found, while the top terrace is designed as a space for leisure. A concrete terrace connects the new structure to the house. Since the contemporary structure is just an addition to the old house next to it, it only houses a single bedroom in terms of living spaces.

Contemporary design in Florida

Contemporary design – standing on a single concrete leg

Contemporary design in Florida

Contemporary design – the master suite follows the structural design of the building

If you look at it from a certain position, the master suite is cantilevered over the garden, and both it and the roof deck are covered in growing vines to enhance their privacy. Upstairs, the bedroom is a totally open space thanks to the wrap-around windows, with a curved wall as a resistance structure which separates the bedroom from the adjoining bathroom.

Upstairs, on the top terrace, the designers placed a round shaped tub, hidden between the same contours walls which reflect heat accumulated over the day, turning the relaxation moments spent here in the evening in a real sensuous experience. The deck upstairs can also make a fine spot to just chill after a hard day’s work. On each side of the building, growing vines drape the glazed walls for extra intimacy, while giving the structure a look which diminishes the rough and rigorous appearance of the concrete, integrating into the lavish natural landscape all around.

Contemporary design in FLorida

Contemporary design – bathing on the roof top

Contemporary design in Florida

Contemporary design – concrete and vines, a truly unique combination

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