Starmarc II Residence
Studio: One Design Build, LLC AKA One D+B Miami
Project: Starmarc II Residence
Location: 209 NE 82ndStreet, Miami FL / USA
Credit: AEC MEDIA SOLUTIONS
A natural curtain of lush tropical trees surrounds the 34000 sf site, whilst its slightly sloping terrain offers an ideal location for the 12400 sf house in between a canal and an open Bay. The axis of the entrance is adjacent to one of the plot’s longer sides, allowing for a bigger garden and pool space at the back of the house. Architecturally, the concept was to keep the general design subtle, giving precedence to the surrounding pockets of nature. As such, the building provides an ideal vantage point from which to enjoy unobstructed views of the encompassing greenery. The building’s lines are predominantly horizontal, balancing out the verticality of the trees lining the site’s periphery. Retractable glass panels on the pool-facing side dramatically open up the house to the outside, whilst also being mindful of the need for privacy. An sculptural staircase leads from the ground floor to the second storey, splitting into two wings just before the tropical garden through which light filters into the core of the building. The bedrooms are positioned around this internal garden, thus making it a central feature as well as the symbolic heart of the building. One main sustainable characteristic of the house is the use of cantilevering slabs to shield the interior spaces from direct sunlight, whilst also providing a substantial degree of natural illumination.