Location: Miami, Florida, US
Architects: STRANG Architecture
AIA Florida Merit Award of Excellence, 2016
As described in Robert McCarter’s essay Shell and Shelter, the design of the San Marco Residence demonstrates a careful interconnection of Miami’s tropical environment with the experience of the home’s inhabitants. Interior spaces are nested within a complex arrangement of sun-shielding forms, while protective louvers provide further expression of the building’s adaptation to its specific climate. The home is organized around a garden courtyard, a time-tested strategy which was regularly employed by Florida’s mid-century modernists such as Paul Rudolph and Gene Leedy. In this iteration, however, the challenges of a constricted site combined with a prescriptive zoning code to result in a two-story courtyard that is open to one side. This east-facing courtyard and the home itself is subtly raised above the existing grade to better accommodate the occasional hurricane ‘storm surge’. This strategy also enables the home to confront the uncertainties posed by ‘sea level rise’.
All images courtesy of STRANG Architecture
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[STRANG] is a Florida-based architectural, interiors and landscape design firm well known for its pre-eminent environmental modernist designs and tropical landscapes. Founded by Max Strang in 1998, the firm has received many awards and international acclaim including features within The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Metropolis Magazine, AXXIS, Objekt International, Tropic and other well respected media sources. The firm’s projects can be found in Florida and the Florida Keys, Colorado, The Bahamas, The Dominican Republic, The Caribbean and United Arab Emirates. [STRANG] currently operates three offices in the US State of Florida and maintains registration licenses to practice in Florida, Colorado and internationally.
Max Strang is the Founding Principal and President of [STRANG]. In 2016, he was elected to the prestigious College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and in 2013 he received the Silver Medal from the Miami Chapter of the AIA, the highest honor the organization can bestow. Strang is a graduate of the University of Florida, Columbia University and is an active member of the AIA. Prior to establishing his firm, he worked in the architecture offices of Gene Leedy, SHoP Architects and Zaha Hadid. Beginning this Fall 2017, Max will be participating as an adjunct professor at the University of Florida.
Jason Adams is Principal and Vice President of [STRANG]. He oversees the firm’s operations, finances and new client development. Jason began his work with Max in 2003 as Project Manager after beginning his career in Colorado for Pierce Architects. In 2013, Jason was made Partner and Principal. Adams is a graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder and is an active member of the AIA, IALD and Urban Land Institute. Jason currently serves on the AIA Fort Lauderdale Board of Directors and the AIA Florida/Caribbean Board of Directors as Regional Associate Director.