• Name: Pine Tree 
  • Location: Miami, United States 
  • Architects: SAOTA 
  • Project Architects: Philip Olmesdahl, Mark Bullivant & Andrew Moerdyk
Open plan living and the ability to live in and through your home has inspired this transparent and easy-living family home. Set between the Indian Creek Canal and Pine Tree Drive in Miami’s historic Collin’s Waterfront district, the SAOTA-designed space is expansive and fluid – opening onto the activity of the canal when desired or contained when privacy is needed.
Pine Tree is SAOTA’s first project to be completed in Miami. SAOTA’s design DNA is derived from the South African way of living which places an emphasis on the outdoors as people live both in and through their homes. Captivated by the Miami climate and landscape potential the design embodies these principles; creating a landscape of experiences.
The concept of containment is perhaps best embodied in the screens that cloak the building. Primarily born out of the functional need for privacy and solar control; their application evolved to something far more significant as CNC punched anodised aluminium becomes architectural jewellery. The screens play with the character of light, heightening the experience of enclosure and transparency. In some instances they define spaces as with the double volume nature of the entrance, in others they facilitate the bedroom terraces becoming part of the bedroom – private, protected sanctuaries.

Where the screens are iconic and loud, the finishes are assertive but restrained. A key intent was to implement a finishes palette that was controlled and continuous, limiting the materials to a core few wherever possible. This ensured a cohesion both between spaces, but also the internal and external connections. It’s refined in a way that the spaces are comfortable in which to live.

This approach extends to the outdoor spaces; a great deal of time and effort went into the design of the rear pool courtyard. Understanding the use of the spaces; how the pool will be used and when; the space further animated by a series of events; whether that be the hot tub, BBQ, Bar, or a waterslide - the brainchild of Barry Brodsky himself. Working with Raymond Jungles was an excellent experience for SAOTA as his relaxed, confident and freehand approach to landscaping resulted in a natural environment that truly reflects Miami. His input has added another dimension to the project. 

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