Husband-and-wife architect’s duo Jacob and Melissa Brillhart’s own home reflects a new architecture for the tropics, which is deeply connected to its natural surroundings. Inspired by a mix of Dog Trot, American Glass Pavilion typology and Tropical Modernism, the 20-foot long home features a full facade covered in western red cedar shutters that allow crossed ventilation as well as a filter for excess light and curious looks coming in from the street. It was designed with specific local building codes in mind, and is lifted five feet off the ground in anticipation of rising sea levels.
The two-bedroom house is quite compact at 1,500 square feet and open, which allows fresh air and daylight to flood every corner. External verandas located on both sides provide symmetry to the building and a cool space for enjoying nature and relaxation. “The design for our house relies on a back-to-basics approach, specifically studying old architectural models that care about good form but are also good for something,” the duo told Dezeen.
Photos by Claudia Uribe