A lap pool runs alongside the west facade of a hybrid prefab home in Palm Springs by Sander Architects. “Our version of prefab,” explains architect Whitney Sander, “involves the use of building shells that are the ‘heavy lifting’ parts of any house: main structure, secondary structure, and (often) building skin.” Designer Catherine Holliss adds, “We didn’t want just flat stucco for this house.”
When architect Sebastian Eilert was asked to renovate a 1960s-era single story residence in Coconut Grove, Florida, he wanted to respect the original structure and footprint of the building while updating the roofing and materials to be more climate appropriate and dependable. The white 3,300-square-foot house pops from the surrounding tropical landscape with a strikingly minimal form. The insulation value is four times normal code requirements for the walls, and double that for the roof.
Mexico City-based firm AS/D Asociación de Diseño conceived this weekend home as four separate volumes. Both the white facades and modules' orientations are crucial in maintaining comfortable indoor temperatures. Designed with the sun path in mind, each part of the home shades the courtyard year-round for residents.
In the Indonesia house he designed for himself and his family, architect Ivan Priatman explored his view of tropical modernism: “I try to reinterpret the tradition or the vernacular into the contemporary,” he says. The design is intended to be experienced as a continuous sequence from the public living areas to the private office and bedrooms. Instead of organizing the plan linearly, Priatman thought of it as a spiral that wraps around a central green space.
Architect Nataniel Fúster, known for his tropical modernist style, completely reimagined a labyrinthine home in San Juan, Puerto Rico, adding a small pool and perforated walls that send geometric slats of light onto the water's surface.
Florida couple John Pirman and Steve Tetreault built a new house inspired by the Sarasota School. Today’s FEMA codes required a plinth to lift the house five-and-a-half feet above grade and a roof that can withstand hurricane wind loads, making it a challenge to re-create the lightness of midcentury design, Pirman says.
This home in Venice Beach is clad in smooth stucco top-coated with white Venetian plaster, and has a perimeter wall made of Cor-Ten steel panels and stuccoed cinder blocks.
This angular beach home in Anna Maria Island, Florida, is constructed entirely of poured-in-place concrete.