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Modernist and Cuban, the villa with pool for a summer at the tropics

In Miami, Cuban architect Rene Gonzalez reinterprets the Latin spirit in a contemporary way

@ Michael Stavaridis / courtesy Rene Gonzalez Architect

A villa with pool made of water, soil, fire, and air. Abstract and daring, like some modernist architecture works, and carnal and alive, like the eternal summer of the tropics. This is Ron Rojas House, a twine of complex volumes that become simple in the dazzling light of the ocean. We are in Key Biscayne, Miami. The fire comes from the sun and kindles the landscape, the air, and the breeze hailing from the sea. The two missing elements are the product of the creativity of Rene Gonzalez, the Cuban architect based in Florida, who gave the house with pool a strong Latin mark with a contemporary touch.

@ Michael Stavaridis / courtesy Rene Gonzalez Architect

Here is the water, evoking the ocean, in the pools, on which the entire house seems to float on. These calm and fresh basins reflect the image of the modern house, and you don’t understand if what you see is inside or outside. This optical illusion is an architectural constant: vertical and horizontal dimensions and full and empty “deceive” the space, they mix it up and recombine it in a vibrant and unpredictable harmony.

@ Michael Stavaridis / courtesy Rene Gonzalez Architect

And the soil? It is in the Latin style-inspired clay “panels” that envelop house and pool isolating them from the heat and the busy street, albeit not entirely. The empty cracks let the wind in and invite to snoop outside, while blades of light and shadow pierce the space and redesign it.

@ Michael Stavaridis / courtesy Rene Gonzalez Architect

This light yet solid clay casing includes, together with the vertical panels, the more traditional and sturdy bricks that decorate the house with its patio and colonnade, where a Cuban nostalgia lingers. But we are in Miami, here the water rises repeatedly and swallows the land, and floods are very common.  
Gonzalez doesn’t forget it and decides to raise the villa above the street.

@ Michael Stavaridis / courtesy Rene Gonzalez Architect

To enter the house, you have to climb up, and then let yourself be captured by a many-sided, composite spatial experience. Volumes fit perfectly with each other, and the dizzying series of the external panels combines with the horizontal wide glass windows leading inside. The pool in the back and the basins in the entrance ideally connect the space, giving it a specific, liquid, and sensory identity.                                


@ Michael Stavaridis / courtesy Rene Gonzalez Architect

People passing by will feel like floating, suspended in a cryptic place, in which tradition and modernity blend together: the Latin soul darts between sharp geometries and squared volumes, an homage to Miami’s modernist side, and finally calms down and dominates in the secret and gurgling shadow of the interiors. 



@ Michael Stavaridis / courtesy Rene Gonzalez Architect


by Elisa Zagaria / 5 August 2017


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