Located in Key Biscayne, an island in Miami-Dade County, the residence was developed in response to its sub-tropical island environment.
Pools are the principal elements of the living spaces, providing a feeling of coolness in the bright Miami light. While moving through the house, the experiences shift from being outdoors in a vertical space is generated through glass doors that can be entirely opened. Designed by Rene Gonzalez Architect, Ron Rojas House is depictive of the Latino cultural environment that surrounds it, featuring many Mediterranean-style elements including patios, portales and persianas (louvered screens). The use of materials is defined by light, shadow and permeable connections between the interior and exterior. Terracotta brick louver systems were selected in three types, a more traditional and regular horizontal pattern, pivoting vertical panels, and textural, more solid bricks. The house itself is a series of interlocking and overlapping volumes with voids, allowing for spatial complexity and spaces that snake through the house.
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