The South Florida cities in our portfolio have a history of attracting architectural talent – the most famous of which is perhaps Addison Mizner (1872–1933), whose style and influence can still be seen throughout the region. This trend continues today as developers continue to flock to this tropical paradise to unleash their creativity and modern style. In this blog post, we’ll take a look at some examples of luxurious modern architecture and interior design in South Florida.
Set on the Intracoastal Waterway, this stunningly designed and furnished estate is the collaboration of high-end builder J.H. Norman Construction Company, innovative architect George Brewer, award-winning Marc-Michaels Interior Design (twice named on Architectural Digest’s annual AD100 list of the world’s top architects and designers), and landscape architect Dave Bodker.
The five-bedroom residence is a livable work of art based on sleek modular forms, tactile natural finishes, and the latest technologic advances. A one-of-a-kind masterpiece, this sensational waterfront estate goes beyond every expectation.
Encased in Caribbean coral-stone and impact-glass spans, the bold architecture adds warm contrast with Neolith panels imported from Spain and African sapele wood.
Transparent impact-glass walls help join the interiors to the outdoor entertainment area while providing a gorgeous view of the Intracoastal Waterway stretching to the iconic landmark Boca Raton Resort (one of Mizner’s most well-known buildings).
Accessed by elevator and floating staircase, a dramatic glass-railed bridge hall with a hand-crafted Spinneybeck handrail covered in glove leather grants a breathtaking survey of the waterfront. Under a canopy of statuesque palms, the sleek geometric pool is itself a work of art.
The bespoke kitchen showcases Italian-crafted Casa Mia cabinetry in contrasting matte lacquer and quarter-sawn-oak finishes, Caesarstone counters, a custom-designed marble backsplash, and Kallista Multiere sink. Window walls brighten two sides of the open family/breakfast room with media center.
Sharing the fireplace, the window-walled club room has handsomely warm finishes featuring a “floating” mahogany slat ceiling and custom granite-and-wenge-wood wet bar for entertaining. At nightfall, these elements set an exotic mood for memorable evening gatherings.
“In the past few years Palm Beach County has definitely seen an increase in demand for upscale modern and contemporary homes and condos,” said Mr. Norman. “The key to being successful with modern designs is working with professionals who truly have a passion and understanding for this style of architecture. The finished product should stay true to its modern roots by utilizing clean, simplified, functional designs, while maintaining a warm and inviting living environment.”
Featured in “Alto” and “Florida Design” magazines, this sublime retreat in Vero Beach is a tour de force of modern elegance appealing to those who love to entertain. Designed by architect Erik Helgen, AIA, in collaboration with Alloy, this spellbinding oceanfront compound connects with the landscape in a seamless indoor/outdoor flow with distinct areas for entertaining, everyday living, and guest accommodations. The layered composition of limestone, wood, and glass gives privacy while showcasing the expansive ocean vista, as well as the pools and water features in the tropical setting by landscape architect August Gerard Schwartz.
Stunning, fully furnished interiors by designer Dorothee Junkin reflect the theme of contemporary elegance with international influences. Bespoke elements and textural finishes were carefully curated to give each space a unique and subtly rich look.
Glassed with a window wall looking seaward and skyward, the lofty living room is crowned in two ethereal fiber-optic lighting installations by British designer Sharon Marston which are equally exquisite as objects of art and night-time illumination.
A breathtaking 60-light Swarovski “Flying Candles” installation sets the mood in the walnut-encased formal dining room, which opens to a lush palm courtyard across from the west pool that grants stunning views of Florida’s signature pink and orange sunsets.
A double-sided linear fireplace is shared by the master bedroom and spa-like marble bath featuring a soaking tub, steam shower, and outdoor shower. There is also a walk-through wardrobe room and a sitting room with fireplace and morning bar.
Inspired by the ocean’s splendor, the luxuries of a five-star resort, and the sensibilities of modern design, this sleekly elegant showplace is one of the most extraordinary estates ever built in Delray Beach. Amenities feature impact-glass windows, a copper roof, commercial-grade whole-house generator, and high-tech Crestron home automation including comprehensive audio/visual systems and an elaborate security system
At the porte-cochère, double doors enter the 25±-foot-high, limestone-floored gallery foyer that creates a dramatic overture to the main living spaces. Ocean views open through the soaring atrium set off by a gridded window wall and sensational two-story, double-sided water walls between bamboo sculptures.
Across the atrium from the salon, also sharing a water wall, the elegant oceanfront dining room has limestone floors, striking leather-and-wood accents, and recessed lighting.
Next to the glass-encased, 750±-bottle wine room, the butler’s pantry connects into the epicurean’s kitchen, an artful blend of form and function with sleek furniture-like cabinetry, Caesarstone counters, and high-end stainless steel appliances.
Below a back-lit floating ceiling, the fabulous club room features a professional-style back-lit glass bar along a leather-finished wall. It also has a lounge area and surround-sound system. This estate also boasts a professional-style theater calibrated to industry-leading standards with a 2D/3D projector, JBL surround-sound system, reclining leather seating, and a refreshment bar.
Many of the rooms of this resort-like realm for are perfect for large-scale entertaining. The outdoor areas also follow this theme. The secluded oceanside grounds encompass a sprawling lounge deck with a kitchen, bar, and curvilinear infinity pool – all set among palm trees, fire bowls, and fountains. This combination of stone, water, and fire create a stunning elemental motif.