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SAOTA Architects has completed Terracina, a beachfront mansion in Miami, Florida. The character of this four-bedroom family home is largely generated through a creative response to its unique environment. The house is located on a pie-shaped lot on Golden Beach, an affluent, exclusive small municipality on a narrow strip of land between the Atlantic Ocean in the east and the inner waterway on the west coast. The project is located at the end of a cul-de-sac with views of the wide span of the inner river along the northwest coast and the unusually extensive waterfront landscape along its radius edge. The house is positioned near the boundary at the back of the site to maximize the use of waterfront space.
SAOTA chose a layered approach in which the house is spread out between the muscle of the concrete slabs facing the street, the overall protective screen and the light and transparent treatment of the facade facing the water way. The transition from the bold public presence on the street to the gallery-like interior, which offers tantalising glimpses of the water, is reinforced by the house's heavy threshold. The interior space gradually advances towards the exterior space, becoming lighter as the building opens up to the landscape. The experience extends all the way to a cantilevered deck at the water's edge for easy access by boats.
SAOTA's lifestyle-oriented approach to contemporary design reflects not only the house's integration with its environment, but also its tactile finishes. The materials of the simplified panels including travertine, walnut and quartzite are uniformly used in warm tones throughout the home, the infrastructure and the strengthening of the family's relationship with its surroundings, making it look like an extended or extrapolated setting, while opposing the building elements of the mansion.
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