Key Biscayne, FL


3,600 sqft


Single-family residence


New Construction




Corner rules

Designing a new home in Key Biscayne is always a challenge, primarily due to the implementation of the “points” system, which was introduced a few years ago to evaluate designs and maintain a consistent, controlled, and elevated architectural style. This corner house was no exception.

To make the most of the lot, we had to incorporate certain elements and make design choices that were not typically within our preferred style. However, we approached these challenges with intelligence and creativity to ensure that the final result was not only compliant with the required “points” but also truly remarkable.

One of the major hurdles we faced was the mandated flood height. The living area had to be elevated to 11 feet above sea level, which translates to nearly 6 feet above the street level. Overcoming this obstacle was no easy task. Instead of opting for a conventional 12-step staircase that would resemble a temple-like structure facing the street, we ingeniously moved the approach to the side and introduced a ramp. This covered ramp, discreetly hidden from view, guides you towards the entrance—a magnificent grooved mahogany Impact front door.

Metal vertical louvers delicately screen the second level at the front, while limestone planks adorn the two main front volumes. A striking concrete eyebrow gracefully cuts through one of the volumes and extends over the carport, adding a touch of architectural intrigue to the exterior.

As you step inside, the concrete and glass staircase elegantly divides the main space. Extra-large floor-to-ceiling windows line the north-facing wall, allowing an abundance of natural light to flood the interior. A two-story courtyard on the south side not only introduces more natural light but also creates a sense of expansiveness, thanks to the double-height living area. The impeccable European kitchen, positioned to overlook the pool, seamlessly connects to the outdoors through sliding doors that lead to the summer kitchen and patio.

On the second level, you’ll find the bedrooms situated along the south side, while the master suite graces the rear of the house. Lastly, a spacious rooftop terrace provides 360-degree views of the surroundings and serves as a covered flex-space, ideal for gatherings or a private workspace.

The use of materials and colors, both inside and out, has been carefully curated to evoke a sense of subtle sophistication and tranquility. The overall composition exudes a soothing ambiance, inviting residents and visitors alike to experience a true sense of relaxation within its walls.