Ron Rojas Residence
Studio: Rene Gonzalez Architect
Project: Ron Rojas Residence
Location: Key Biscayne, FL, USA
Credit of portrait: photo by Stephen Goettlicher / courtesy Rene Gonzalez Architect
Credit of project images: photo by Michael Stavaridis / courtesy Rene Gonzalez Architect
The Ron Rojas Residence on Key Biscayne was developed as a sensitive response to the cultural traditions of the Latin American population in the surrounding area as well as to the site’s natural, subtropical island setting. These characteristics are evidenced by the material qualities of the house’s louver cladding system and its spatial volumes that create areas interspersed with water, light, and shadow. One of the design intentions was to create a fresh interpretation of traditional Latin architectural elements: patios (courtyards), portales (porches), and persianas (louver screens). The terra cotta persianas, which filter light as well as mitigate heat, present spatial experiences defined by light and shadow with permeable relationships between interior and exterior, allowing for a dynamic connection to the natural environment.
The home’s spatial complexity is achieved through floating and interlocking volumes and voids throughout its three floors. Within the residence, one experiences a transitional shift from being outdoors to entering a tranquil, vertical patio surrounded by the walls of persianas and then on to a horizontally organized living area enclosed by glass doors, which can be opened fully to portales and pools. Utilizing and reinterpreting traditional tropical architecture, this residence provides a feeling of coolness in the bright Miami light that contributes to the sensory, floating quality of the home.