CAMP BISCAYNE

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.

Client
Private
Location
Coconut Grove, FL
Status
Unbuilt
Photography
Max Strang Architecture
Media
Tropic Magazine, February 2013

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