Developers and architects are putting their hopes in the booming Miami market by building structurally innovative spec houses.
The entrance to 2111 Lake Avenue.
In a normal universe, building a $14 million house, the kind only a bona fide member of the super rich can afford, might seem like an enormous risk, but that’s exactly the type of expensive, expansive place architect Joe Mizener felt comfortable designing at 2111 Lake Avenue. Recently completed, this Sunset Island IV house, listed for $15.5 million, has 7,466 square feet of living space centered around a three-story atrium with a suspended staircase that leads to the roof deck. White stucco, glass, ipe wood, and basalt stone are used in the flat-roofed, modernist design. Despite the house’s huge size, efforts were made to preserve site lines from the interior out, specifically toward the infinity pool and canal. The goal, according to Mizener, was to “create a modern home with strong connections to the natural and built environment,” even though the home’s sizable presence adds to the built environment just as much. Paul Tolles of Plumb Partners, LLC., Miami Shores, 786-558-9798
Pair of Aces
The modern kitchen at 2111 Lake Avenue.
Developer Barry Brodsky is constructing a pair of architecturally significant houses at 4555 and 4567 Pine Tree Drive, designed by Marcio Kogan of the Brazilian architecture firm Studio mk27 and SAOTA, an architecture firm out of Cape Town, South Africa. While architecturally distinct, each house blends indoor and outdoor in interesting and unique ways. The house to the north—the more daring of the two—will have an “organic-filtration, natural swimming pool,” perhaps the first modern pool of its kind in Miami, and an elegant, curving outdoor ramp leading to the main living spaces on the second floor. Instead of addressing the street with obtrusive garages or gates, both houses have large multipurpose rooms which can be used as anything from work spaces to art galleries to half basketball courts. Says Brodsky, “This structure has allowed the design to eliminate the need for a front boundary wall and controls access to the property while maintaining a softness to the street edge.”
North Bay Gem
An illuminated view of 4555 Pine Tree Drive.
Felix and Julian Cohen, the father-and-son duo who with their partners, The Alexanders, built 3 Indian Creek Island Road, the highest-priced house ever sold in Miami, are working on a luxurious spec house at 3114 North Bay Road. When it’s completed in October, the 13,000-square-foot home will be listed for $25 million. Designed by architects Roney Mateu and the Helix Group, the house will have a 5,000-square-foot roof terrace accessible by elevator directly from the front entrance, an interior spa with steam and massage rooms, a gym, and one of the largest hot tubs in Miami Beach. “This is a continuation of what we did at Indian Creek,” says Felix, who is largely doing the landscape designs himself. The house will be delivered furnished with custom pieces by Italian brand Meridiani. Compared to Indian Creek, the home at North Bay Road will still be “contemporary, with lots of water and nature, but with a change in the interior design to match the prospective client we are catering to. The design will be more masculine; it will blow your mind the minute you come in. The landscaping is [what a woman would consider] the makeup and the lipstick.”