When architects Melissa and Jacob Brillhart set out to design their new home in downtown Miami, they drew inspiration from Florida modernism and the dogtrot model to create a tropical oasis in the city. The shutter system creates a stunning interplay of light in the front patio space. At night, the shutters glow in the streetlight, "creating the sense of a magical Japanese tea house,” says Melissa.
In Hobe Sound, Florida, this passively cooled residence overlooks a custom-built water-ski circuit. “The home is really driven by exposure to the landscape,” says architect Scott Hughes.
A wooden boardwalk twists through the verdant site of this home in Biscayne Bay. Inspired by the jungle scenery of painter Henri Rousseau, architect Allan Shulman strove to leave the delicate habitat undisturbed.
Cubicco—a Dutch prefab company that opened an office and a manufacturing facility in Miami, Florida, in August 2013—takes a holistic approach to responsible residential architecture. The company's Cabana Beach model, shown here, is built with laminated veneer lumber, an engineered material that uses up to 90 percent of a tree—compared to typical wood timbers that use only 60 to 70 percent. Modules can be disassembled if the owners relocate.
At this family-friendly, LEED-certified, modern Seagrape House designed by husband-and-wife team Traction Architecture in Anna Maria Island, Florida, exterior concrete staircases cantilever over a pool and provide circulation between interior and exterior living spaces. Perforated metal railings provide a protective enclosure while creating patterns of light that mark the movement of the sun.