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  Issue 20-2

  MODERN THROUGH AND THROUGH
A Dynamic Relationship Between Discerning Clients And Their Architect Yielded A Pure Modern “Green” Home Resplendent In Floor-To-Ceiling Glass That Seamlessly Integrates The Interior With The Outdoors

 


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ARCHITECTURE
Jaya Kader Zebede, KZ Architecture, Inc.,
Bay Harbor Islands, FL

BUILDER
Gabriel Boano, Arc + Tec Development, Inc.,
Bay Harbor Islands, FL

LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE
Deena Bell, Bell + Aqui Landscape Architecture LLC, South Miami, FL

TEXT
Roberta Klein

PHOTOGRAPHY
Robin Hill, Miami Beach, FL


 

It’s not often that every aspect of the design and building of a custom home clicks, but when it does, it reflects outstanding teamwork. Such was the case with Gabriel Boano and his wife, Paula Lowenstein Boano, after selecting architect Jaya Kader Zebede to design their modern house in Bay Harbor Islands. Kader Zebede, an award winner and LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) accredited professional, had a total understanding of the couple’s mindset.

The team’s efforts gave birth to a handsome, highly livable, modern home that has already won a prestigious Design award from the Florida Chapter of the American Institute of Architects and a coveted silver LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. And even more importantly, this 5,500-square-foot home with four bedrooms plus a guest room and staff quarters fulfills all the needs of the couple and their three young children.

“while the house is at the forefront of energy and high performance best practices, it also aspires to embody the poetry of good design,” architect jaya kader zebede says.

Paula grew up exposed to the aesthetics of modern architecture in her family’s spacious modern home in Buenos Aires. Gabriel, a builder who also studied architecture, developed his love of modernism through exposure to Bauhaus design and the work of architects such as Mies van der Rohe at the University of Buenos Aires Architecture School. Thus, communication between the team was excellent, buoyed by the couple’s knowledge of the modern vernacular.

“I like to work with people who are interested in design excellence,” Kader Zebede says. “The intent is that the team’s efforts will result in a timeless architectural piece.”

Two voluminous structures at the front of the house introduce the modern character. The larger one on the right contains the greater part of the home’s program, while the smaller interpretation provides a ceremonial envelope for the great room, stairway and master bedroom above.

Both components border a covered walkway, which accentuates an axis that stretches through the house and terminates at the dock overlooking the picture-perfect bay and Indian Creek golf course. Major views in the main areas capture the dramatic composition. The home is entered through a nine-foot-high teakwood door, as heavy as if it were designed for a massive vault. Immediately to the left, a concrete stairway circles upward with risers “carpeted” in wood, while glass panels situated along the side enhance the ethereal, floating effect.

Just beyond, a formal living area sports modern vintage furnishings from Paula’s 1960s childhood home, including two smoky blue sofas and a daybed. The house is bathed in natural light throughout captured from abundant rectangular windows and floor-to-ceiling glass walls topped with clerestories.

The “green” house design was important to the environmentally sensitive architect and, fortunately, she recalls, “Paula immediately embraced the idea.” Gabriel soon became equally passionate with good reason. Not only is their electric bill 40 percent less than that of their last home, but they are saving water to irrigate their grass and flowers during the dry season.

“We feel better that in some small way we are contributing to preserve our environment,” he says. “Our house is the first in Dade and Broward counties to achieve silver LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council and Gold Certification from the Florida Green Building Coalition. In addition, it has received Energy Star for Homes certification from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

” Kader Zebede positioned the house for cross ventilation, incorporated overhangs and balconies in the home, provided the cistern that collects water for irrigation, utilized environmentally preferred products and included a solar hot water system — all of which earned points for LEED certification.

“I like to work with people who are interested in design excellence,” Kader Zebede says. “The intent is that the team’s efforts will result in a timeless architectural piece.”

Click Here to View Interior Design Sources

Front Exterior
Landscape lighting - Visual Lighting, Miami, FL
Steel columns fabricated by MNR Enterprises of South Florida, Inc., Miami, FL
Railings - NBA Metal Work, Inc., Hialeah, FL
Fountain - Bell + Aqui Landscape Architecture LLC, South Miami, FL
Mediterranean marble wall fabricated by Naturali Stone LLC, Miami, FL
Front door - Synua by Oikos, Oikos Design, Milano, Italy
Stairway Entry
Stairway and railing - Custom designed by Art + Tec Development, Inc., Bay Harbor Islands, FL
Stairway fabricated by MNR Enterprises of South Florida, Inc., Miami, FL
Railing fabricated by Custom Steel & Glass, Miami, FL
Artwork and floor sculpture - Diana Lowenstein Fine Arts, Miami, FL
Living Area
Sofas and daybed - Poul Kjaerholm, Owners’ Collection
Cocktail tables and Le Corbusier chaise lounge - Owners’ Collection
Arco floor lamp - Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni, Owners’ Collection
Artwork - Diana Lowenstein Fine Arts, Miami, FL
Mediterranean marble wall - Naturali Stone LLC, Miami, FL
Steel columns fabricated by MNR Enterprises of South Florida, Inc., Miami, FL
Area rug - Odegard, Inc., Miami, FL
Dining Area
Dining tables - Porada, Anima Domus, Miami, FL
Dining chairs - Jesse, Anima Domus, Miami, FL
Console - Alivar, Anima Domus, Miami, FL
Vases on console - Owners’ Collection  Light fixture - Kartell, FL
Rear Exterior
Pool and planters - Custom designed by Bell + Aqui Landscape Architecture LLC, South Miami, FL
Fabricated by Ashley’s Pool Construction, Inc., Royal Palm Beach, FL
Railings fabricated by NBA Metal Work, Inc., Hialeah, FL
Exterior lighting - Visual Lighting, Miami, FL
Planters fabricated by MNR Enterprises of South Florida, Inc., Miami, FL
Throughout
LEED AP consultant - Gary Shlifer, Green Building Florida, Hollywood, FL
Structural engineer - Ali Arbab, Arbab Engineering, Inc., North Miami Beach, FL
Civil engineer - Gary Bloom, GGB Engineering, Inc., Fort Lauderdale, FL
MEP engineer - Leonardo Naveiras, Inc., Hollywood, FL
Lighting consultant - Alejandro Vargas, Visual Lighting, Miami, FL
Windows - Infinite Windows, Dania Beach, FL

 

 

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