Ponce Davis Residence

Miami, Florida
Location
  • Miami, Florida
  • Structure
  • House (Single Residence)
  • Type
  • Midcentury
  • Year
  • 2016
  • Square Feet
  • 11877
  • Lot Size
  • 1.5 acres
  • For the second home commissioned by former Yankee All-Star, Alex Rodriguez, the elite team of architects at Choeff Levy Fischman incorporated a difficult structural method rarely used in South Florida single-family homes, in order to create a mid-century modern masterpiece featuring tropical modern elements and indoor-outdoor living. The difficult post-tension concrete structural method allowed the use of much thinner overhangs to create mid-century modern motifs including increasing overall ceiling heights tremendously, incorporating floor-to-ceiling glass, and eliminating the need for beams throughout the home.

    At the main entrance, a 24-foot cantilevered entry canopy greets guests. Inside, the architects made sure every interior space in the residence had an adjacent covered outdoor space, creating indoor-outdoor room extensions. Modular spaces throughout the home seamlessly transform into larger spaces. For example, as a place to lounge or play indoor and outdoor games, the bar and lounge area was designed as a large open space with a flanking theatre and full-height barn door, as well as outdoor game room and garden to truly serve as extensions to the main space. When entertaining, all doors can be left open, while people naturally flow in and out of the different spaces, while bringing the rear garden inside on the north, and the game room garden on the south.

    Fully air-conditioned, the garage not only stores beautiful cars, it seconds as an indoor basketball court with glass clerestory space to allow the best natural light. With an entire wall of operable glass doors, the gym leads directly to the pool and rear yard, turning a typically unappealing mechanical space into a usable, tropical modern recreational center. Pulling into the garage becomes a completely different experience as it was designed to be both visually and physically open to the outdoors.

    The 600-square-foot master bedroom is no exception to the home’s multi-function design, with its own morning kitchen; the master suite also includes a separate 500-square-foot master bathroom that fully opens up to a private garden, as well as a 550-square-foot master walk-in closet.

    The home’s living and dining room was designed as a single space. A higher glass clerestory in the dining room, creates a subtle visual separation of spaces, and also floods the room with natural light. This area features 12-foot tall corner opening glass doors that open up to the exterior without the use of columns, and provides 12-foot overhangs above.

    Although beautiful in design, the home also features many green features including an artificial lawn and indigenous plants that require minimal maintenance, high performance low energy glazing assemblies that minimize solar heat gain and glare while allowing ‘good light’ into the home, a highly efficient HVAC system, interior and exterior concrete and reclaimed barn-wood flooring throughout the home.

    Located on 1.5 acres, the one-story residence measures 11,877 square feet including the garage, indoor basketball court, office, and cabana bathroom.

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    A cantilevered canopy measuring 24 feet greets guests at the home's front entrance. Photo  of Ponce Davis Residence modern home

    A cantilevered canopy measuring 24 feet greets guests at the home's front entrance.

    Large artwork hangs in the home's living room, which opens up to the backyard. Photo 2 of Ponce Davis Residence modern home

    Large artwork hangs in the home's living room, which opens up to the backyard.

    The media room features a herringbone patterned flooring made of reclaimed barn wood. Photo 3 of Ponce Davis Residence modern home

    The media room features a herringbone patterned flooring made of reclaimed barn wood.

    In the kitchen, matte-finish oak cabinetry, a black countertop and black backsplash provide a masculine, monochromatic feel. Photo 4 of Ponce Davis Residence modern home

    In the kitchen, matte-finish oak cabinetry, a black countertop and black backsplash provide a masculine, monochromatic feel.

    The kitchen and informal dining area opens up to a yard.  Photo 5 of Ponce Davis Residence modern home

    The kitchen and informal dining area opens up to a yard.

    The formal dining room receives an abundance of natural light. Photo 6 of Ponce Davis Residence modern home

    The formal dining room receives an abundance of natural light.

    The home's conference room, features herringbone reclaimed wood flooring and sliding glass doors that pocket allowing for an unobstructed indoor-outdoor feel.
 Photo 7 of Ponce Davis Residence modern home

    The home's conference room, features herringbone reclaimed wood flooring and sliding glass doors that pocket allowing for an unobstructed indoor-outdoor feel.

    Each room was designed to include a connecting outdoor patio complete with a cantilevered overhang for full shade. Photo 8 of Ponce Davis Residence modern home

    Each room was designed to include a connecting outdoor patio complete with a cantilevered overhang for full shade.

    One of the living rooms completely opens up to a covered outdoor seating area. Photo 9 of Ponce Davis Residence modern home

    One of the living rooms completely opens up to a covered outdoor seating area.

    The South Florida residence is located on 1.5 acres of land and measures close to 12,000 square feet. Photo 10 of Ponce Davis Residence modern home

    The South Florida residence is located on 1.5 acres of land and measures close to 12,000 square feet.

    The backyard features an artificial lawn and a pool that comes right up to the grass' edge. Photo 11 of Ponce Davis Residence modern home

    The backyard features an artificial lawn and a pool that comes right up to the grass' edge.

    The outdoor cabana is located next to an underground hot tub.  Photo 12 of Ponce Davis Residence modern home

    The outdoor cabana is located next to an underground hot tub.

    Every room in the house opens up to the outdoors creating a seamless indoor-outdoor environment. Photo 13 of Ponce Davis Residence modern home

    Every room in the house opens up to the outdoors creating a seamless indoor-outdoor environment.

    The outdoor kitchen and cabana is the perfect location for entertaining. Photo 14 of Ponce Davis Residence modern home

    The outdoor kitchen and cabana is the perfect location for entertaining.

    Floating concrete steps lead you up to one of the home's pods. Photo 15 of Ponce Davis Residence modern home

    Floating concrete steps lead you up to one of the home's pods.

    The backyard at twilight.  Photo 16 of Ponce Davis Residence modern home

    The backyard at twilight.