The home is vast at 8,125 square feet. Yet, designers at Strang Design, a multidisciplinary design firm with offices in Miami and Sarasota, Florida, successfully realized a minimalist, cozy and nature-connected vibe throughout the space.
The client’s home sits along the water in front of the Tarpon Bend Canal in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. In addition, the water element is reflected in the large swimming pool. Strang Design amplified this natural environment with a home design it calls “Environmental Modernism.” Inasmuch, it incorporated massive windows to flood the space with natural light and surrounded the home with lush landscaping for a cool, classic and tropical vibe. A focus on the environment was important to both the clients and Strang Design, so the home was situated around existing oak trees in order to avoid unnecessary removal.
The firm not only designed the architecture of the home but also provided the landscape plan and completed all of the interior design elements, each with sustainability in mind.
To maximize natural shading and airflow, the team implemented passive design elements, such as vertical beams they call fins. Additionally, these fins offer privacy between spaces, much like an exterior divider between balconies on a ship or hotel. They also serve to create a shading effect for temperature control. The architectural design also includes deep overhangs and openings placed to facilitate cross ventilation.
Meanwhile, the home features a rooftop of solar panels for renewable energy and a water filtration system that caters to wellness.
Energy-efficient lighting can also be programmed or allowed to default to circadian rhythms.
This is far from the first time Strang Design and founder Max Strang have embraced sustainable features in architectural design. Starting in 1998, Environmental Modernism has always been the primary focus of the company. Over the years, the firm has been acknowledged through various awards. Most recently, Max Strang was awarded the 2022 AIA Miami Architect of the Year and the firm was recognized as 2022 Firm of the Year by AIA Miami.
Images via Kris Tamburello Photography and Calder Wilson Photography