Island Drive, Key Biscayne


Island Drive, Key Biscayne

Inspired by the Spanish Moorish influence in some of the Architecture of Cuba, this 8,000 square foot Green home sits at the water’s edge in Key Biscayne, Florida. Restrictive Zoning and a small lot footprint coupled with the needs of a family with six children played a major role in shaping our design. These tight constraints lead to a unique design quite distant from the standard suburban home of the area.


The home maximizes space by organizing the program requirements on various levels.  Arriving at street side a terraced front yard leads you to the arcaded front porch and guides you along the side to the front door passing fountains and gardens reminiscent of Moorish architecture. Of foremost importance was the preservation of views from the main rooms; all emphasis is on the view to the water at the rear of the house. A double height living/family space is the center of life and opens directly to extensive decks and exterior porches at the rear. The oddly skewed volume seen in the rendering is aligned with the approach from the water, and houses the master bedroom above and outdoor kitchen below. 

Green features include highly insulated walls using a ACC wall system, as well as spray foam insulation on the roof structure. Low emittance window fixtures finish off the exterior shell and a combination of well placed vertical wind turbines and solar panels work to reduce or eliminate the reliance of grid based electricity. Well placed and energy efficient Interior lighting as well as a design which allowed for plenty of natural light, lowered the energy requirements of illuminating the home. The home also takes full advantage of water by reclaiming gray water for toilet flushing and landscape needs, incorporating a 5000 gallon "basement" cistern allows the home owner to water the empire zoysia (salt and drought tolerant) lawn using water that would have normally washed off into the bay.

   
     

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