At the heart of the home is a double-height living space, flanked on each side by split levels that are loosely modeled on the modernist lines of the Kappe Residence in LA. The multi-level layout and expansive windows offer views to social areas of the home internally, and externally, to the tropical landscape that sits beyond the home’s perimeter. Taking into account the weather—humid, and with a lot of direct sunlight during the dry season—the building has been designed to cast shadows internally, and thus prevent overheating without the use of electricity. To further embrace the tropical climate, the béton brut space is full of colors, textures, and importantly, plants. These combined with a “no-wall” kitchen, allow the outdoors in, with Mitchell hoping that in time, the plants will grow to take over the home.