This living space design which called Casa Grove I is designed by MATEU Architecture. Which is located in Coconut Grove, Florida, the detached house is probably the most explored, analyzed and experimented with the building type. In the world most of the architect start their careers in designing the houses, at the same time, the house can be complex undertaking, made up of the numerous components, public and the private spaces, the daytime and the night time activities, active and passive function. Each with the personalities is as complex and different as their many users. The house is a shelter looking from its simplest form, the protection from the elements, an enclosure defining space, interior and or the exterior.
This site precisely located on a lush tree filled lot, it is fronting a heavily traveled street in North Central Coconut Grove, Florida. With the front of the lot is facing northwest, the lot is for about 40 feet wide by 170 feet deep. Here, all of the beautiful oaks hovering over the property remain as a part of the design solution. During the construction of the project, the architect is faced by a challenge. The architects are challenged to design a functional, effective cost and uniquely a creative setting, affording to the maximum privacy, openness, security and buffered from the street traffic noise. As a result of the design brief is one which addresses the issues of the privacy/openness conflict and the ever increasing the concern for the security in today’s world.
The main public space to be buffered from the street by the front structure which is contains a garage/carport and a bedroom/studio/office above, it is allowed by the courtyard design. The entry sequence which is arranged by the architect is used as a filter to the house and deliberately extends the arrival sequence by placing the front door at the rear building; it is making a small lot which is appear larger. In the living room is a two story volumes. It is simple in its detailing, so as to not compete with the elements which define as individual’s signature such as the furniture, art, etc., and personalizes the space.
The floors interior design is of rectified porcelain tiles, it is creating a natural texture on the lower floor while the upper floors are clad in wood. Which borrowing visually from their adjacencies, the space is flow into each other, it is creating the feeling of much larger spaces while allowing the intimacy whether a few people are gathered together, and at the same time it is affording adequate space for the dinner parties of 100 peoples.
In the upstairs inside this living space project is reserved for the private functions of a suite master bedroom with the private decks and the outdoor spaces is available for the private moments, even in the tight is lot and setback constraints of the Coconut Grove. In this simple project, the simple, effective cost and the creative assemblage of the spaces are finished. On this urban setting, it is should be an example of the need to continue the architectural explorations into rational, timeless residential designs.
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Photography by Claudia Uribe