Residential Design

VOL4 2019

A business-to-business magazine focused on the collaborative process and talented work of residential architects and custom homebuilders.

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Tropical Modern Designing for and against the climate in hot, humid, hurricane-prone Florida is an ongoing challenge for the firm, in both the single-family and multifamily projects. There are key similarities, though. First and foremost is to em- phasize indoor/outdoor living. For the custom homes, that means houses that shade and protect exterior living space. And for the apartments, it means always designing into the plans at least a small sliver of balcony, terrace, or roof deck—not just for access to the outdoors, but to make the space feel and live larger overall. "Modern architecture is not a style, it's an attitude," Michael observes. "It's not about a flat roof, but about how you engage the site and make the most of its qualities and of the climate. We're interested in making houses that invite you outdoors, that encourage you to walk inside through the outside. So, we always create a separate path outside into the house. We start with the exterior space and then wrap the house around it, shading it, protecting it. That makes for delightful living and a more efficient house." Stucco is the material of choice for its weather hardiness, but the firm likes to specify warmer woods in sheltered areas, such as soffits. And, although solar panels would seem a natural fit for Florida, Michael says the payback really isn't there, given how cheap elec- tricity is in his moderate region: "Our challenge is the moisture and humidity; it's not difficult to achieve the tempera- ture differential we need to go from 92 to 72 degrees. "In the end, sustainability is about creating places people really enjoy," he concludes. "Because they will want to maintain it for the long term. Places like the Umbrella House by Paul Rudolph, with that great roof that extends well beyond the house. That's where every- one wants to congregate." —S. Claire Conroy Far left and left: Located in a floodplain and across from a public beach, the Anna Maria Res- idence is raised a full story off the ground. A series of tiered, pro- tected outdoor areas brings it gently back down to earth. Above: On a tight site one house away from the Gulf of Mexico, the design/build Guberman-Kennedy Residence splits the program into wings and elevates main living to tap corridor views of the water. Photos this page: William S. Speer Photography 24 RESIDENTIALDESIGNMAGA ZINE.COM VOL. 4, 2019 PRO-FILE DESIGN/BUILD

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