Coconut Grove Contemporary

Natural Woods, Neutral Tones And Pops Of Vivid Color Style This Model Home In One Of Miami’s Favorite Upscale Neighborhoods On The Shore Of Biscayne Bay

Story Credits

Lorena Gomez, Tabu Design and Decoration, Miami, FL
Zoltan Photography, Miami, FL
Edgar Kamel, Terras Developers LLC, Miami, FL
Developer and Builder:
Fernando Guardazzi and Sergio Guardazzi, Terras Developers LLC, Miami, FL
Text by:
Charlotte Safavi
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It takes a team to build a successful model home, and this contemporary house, with 12,590 square feet of indoor and outdoor living space, in Miami’s Coconut Grove community proved no exception. The project’s design-build professionals include architect Edgar Kamel, builders Fernando and Sergio Guardazzi, and designer Lorena Gomez.

From the exterior, this stunning two-story rectilinear home sits expansively in the center of its 30,000-square-foot lot. Concrete block pavers cut an angled path through verdant grass, leading up to a striking, electric-blue front door set in a bank of wall-to-ceiling rectangular grid windows. “We chose a modern style inspired by Latin American architecture,” Kamel says. “There’s lots of concrete and glass. Wood was also involved in the construction to add warmth and textural contrast.”

The wraparound second-floor balcony is wide enough for ample outdoor living opportunities, while its glass railing defines without impeding through-views to the home’s architectural lines and materials. Lush landscaping elegantly incorporates newly planted tropical foliage and also preserves some of the lot’s existing native trees. “Unique landscaping is always an integral part of our projects,” says Kamel of the layered effect.

Upon entry, the great room immediately opens with its floor plan that encompasses the main living and dining areas. Above, a two-story vaulted ceiling caps the social spaces with drama. Clean-cut openings on either side of the dining area’s custom walnut wood wall lead the way to the family spaces beyond that include the kitchen, breakfast area and den. Large-scale marble flooring flows throughout the first-floor from the social spaces to a private library and media room, the maids’ quarters and an elevator to the second floor designed with “aging-in-place” in mind. Glass slide-and-stack walls are everywhere, maintaining an easy Florida lifestyle with complete connectivity between indoors and out. “We created open spaces, yet with clear spatial definition,” Gomez says. “All the aluminum-framed windows and doors have a simple modern finish and are fitted with high-impact glass to withstand the weather.”

In the living area, a pair of sleek contemporary sofas center a custom, mirrored cocktail table outfitted with a Lucite-and-wood companion table, whose top organically slides over it. A modern, oval-shaped bench and a pair of wood-framed side chairs join the grouping to complete the simple yet elegant interior space filled with natural light. An intelligent system monitors LED recessed lighting that dims to a soft glow during the day and brightens at twilight for a full sparkle.

Meanwhile, a trio of silver-finish crystal pendants cast circles of light above a custom, marble-topped dining table that easily seats a gathering of 10. Gauzy, two-story-high linen curtain panels with hidden returns add shade and definition to the space. The dining room’s walnut wood wall and buffet exudes warmth against the cool white walls. The wood is carried into the adjacent kitchen by way of clean-lined cabinetry and an island countertop. “We selected premium materials to create functional, elegant and aesthetically harmonic spaces,” says Gomez of the repeated materials used throughout.

The home’s neutral interior palette continues upstairs in the master bedroom, but in slightly warmer and deeper tones. The custom headboard is upholstered, paneled and smooth in texture, while the slender, elongated bedside chests have a textured shagreen finish. Wide-planked engineered wood in a pale-gray stain grounds the private space with an organic tone.

That same natural appeal carries through to the master bath wrapped in teka wood and marble polished to a high sheen. Custom-designed Italian his-and-her floating vessel sinks, one set on wood and one set on stone, immediately catch the eye. The effect is striking as well as sculptural. The freestanding tub and glassed-enclosed shower set against a wood background once more shows the dance of cool and warm materials. “Details and finishes are my number one priority,” Gomez says.

But perhaps the house looks most spectacular when illuminated at night. With the first floor’s slide-and-stack glass doors open onto the serene exterior living space, with its patio and balconies, and dramatic infinity pool and waterfall feature painted in the same blue hue as the front door … the house really becomes one with itself and its tropical surroundings.