Echoes of Paul Rudolph’s Finney Guest House are clearly discernible in this unbuilt design for the Camp Biscayne Residence. However, unlike Rudolph’s stilted assemblage, Strang excavated into a substrate of oolitic limestone to create the opportunity for the rectangular frame to float above it’s landscape. In fact, this design represents the firm’s first exploration with a floating, pure rectilinear frame. A collection of various volumes that house specific programmatic requirements are cleverly contained within the frame.
The home, located within Miami’s most historic residential enclaves, is perched upon a limestone ridge on an inland site and surrounded by a grove of mature oak trees. At eighteen feet above sea level, the site affords a strategic advantage compared to nearby coastal properties. Instead of a complex foundation system comprised of numerous, deep structural piles, the home is supported by a simple and shallow foundations. Furthermore, the elevated site offers superior protection from hurricane storm surges and rising seas. The Camp Biscayne Residence represents a continued advancement of the residential design typologies first proposed by Florida’s midcentury modern architects.
Coconut Grove, FL
Max Strang Architecture
Tropic Magazine, February 2013