Located on Florida’s Bay Harbor Islands, this modernist home designed by
KZ Architecture embraces indoor and outdoor living, combining water views with a curated collection of contemporary art and furnishings. Through the inventive use of concrete and glass, the firm was able to create a space that feels light and airy while still being able to withstand the strong Florida weather. 74
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To make the most of the narrow lot, the firm designed the home with two distinct angular spaces that are connected by a long axis. The strong linear lines of the home’s exterior draw visitors to the entry, which is set back from the street.
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A lily pond serves as the focal point of the front courtyard and creates a water edge to the living room, which is mirrored at the back of the home. A glimpse of the architectural staircase within adds visual interest to the exterior.
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The sculptural concrete stairs make an impact in the large open living space. A wood “runner” softens the look.
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Expanses of white walls, subtle stone floor and wood details on the stair and doors creates a clean backdrop for the client’s art collection and vintage modern furnishings. Glass windows let in abundant sunlight and greenery, bringing the outdoors in.
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The kitchen has a clean, modern look. Horizontal picture windows in the stone wall give visual access to the front courtyard.
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The outdoor landscape permeates every corner of the house. With larges expanses of glass throughout, natural light is abundant.
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The living room is filled with sunlight from lower windows in the front, clerestory windows on the side, and floor-to-ceiling windows that face the water. The minimalist interiors allow views from the front courtyard through to the water behind the home.
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The master bathroom has a stunning view that is framed on either side by outdoor spaces that project towards the water.
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With large overhangs, generous porches, and several balconies, interior and exterior spaces are seamlessly weaved together, making a home perfectly suited to its tropical climate.