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Courtyard view of the “C” House. Rendering by Digitart3d.
KZ Architecture, Miami, has
designed “C” House, a Key Biscayne
residence for a family of five on a
corner infill lot in a South Florida
residential community. Architect Jaya
Zebede, AIA, designed the residence
to express a context-based modernism
rooted in the tropical vernacular. She
faced the design challenge of fitting
an extensive program of indoor and
outdoor spaces into a small restrictive
site. In addition, the living spaces
had to be set at a flood elevation
six feet above the existing grade.
The house is organized along an
L-shaped plan. The main leg of the
“L” is oriented towards the street and
Rendering of Moore Park, courtesy of Leo A Daly.
houses the main living spaces. The other
leg includes a carport at grade level and
the master bedroom suite above. Private
stairs provide access to the terrace of
the master suite from the carport.
Initial design goals included
minimizing the building footprint and
creating a private outdoor courtyard
that would be integrated with the
interior despite a change in elevation.
The main living spaces were to be
oriented toward the courtyard.
Now under construction, the house
has internal drains that allow the roof
to act as a rain collector. A cistern under
the house will collect rainwater for
irrigation. The sloped section of the roof
accommodates a loft while addressing
height and setback zoning restrictions.
Groundbreaking ceremonies were held
in Miami to kick off the revitalization
of Moore Park, the former home of
Orange Bowl games and parades. The
design-build team of LEO A DALY and
Pirtle Construction will oversee the
demolition of the existing recreation
center and the design and construction
of a new community center and a day
care center. An open plaza, playground,
courtyard areas and shelter pavilions for
outdoor events will help bring the area
back to its original roots. Other new site
amenities include the renovation of the
existing basketball courts and parking
areas, benches throughout the park,
BBQ grill stations, bicycle parking and
lush landscaping. The project is slated
for completion by November 2013.
Orlando, in association with Robert
A.M. Stern Architects, New York
City, has designed a new $22 million
project at the University of Florida (UF)
in Gainesville. Designated Heavener
Hall, the new building will be home to
undergraduate students in the Warrington
College of Business Administration.
Designed to meet LEED standards for
Gold certification, the building will
be completed using state-of-the-art
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Florida/Caribbean Architect - Summer 2013
President’s Perspective / Dan Kirby, AIA, AICP, LEED AP
Editorial / Diane D. Greer
AIA Contract Documents: Protect Yourself, Protect Your Project
Why Do Bad Things Happen to Good Buildings?
Prepare for Hurricane Season By Specifying Hurricane-Resistant Windows and Doors
Maya Architecture: Geometry Etched in Stone
University of South Florida St. Petersburg, University Student Center (USFSP USC)
Treated Wood: An Effective Material for Hot and Humid Climates
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