Upstairs Studio Architecture: The existing primary residence on Hammock Drive is a beautiful modern and tropical home. Our addition of a pool house and loggia is a sleek yet thoughtful and seamless extension of the home. The design is about blending comfort, elegance, and simplicity. We chose materials and finishes that were inherent to the existing architecture and site, such as native Floridian oolite stone, Cypress wood ceilings, and concrete. The loggia not only connects the pavilion to the main residence, but also beautifully frames the lush backyard and pool. The pavilion, envisioned as a folly or lantern, creates a breathtaking focal point from the main residence. Inside, the goal was to create an experience to feel as much part of the outside as possible while being inside. The continued use of the oolite stone and large glass opening create a sort of harmony between the architecture and its site. We believe that in creating spaces that are meant to be enjoyed just as much from the distance as they are from within.
Upstairs Studio Architecture was founded in 1994 above an avant-garde theatre in Coral Gables, Florida. We began with a passion for design and a desire to redefine the way our profession is viewed. Our commissions have taken us around North America, Europe and the Caribbean. Everywhere we go, we take with us the lessons learned in our backyard- the beauty of tradition, the wonder of nature and the excitement of technology.
Throughout the years our location and commissions have changed, but one thing is still constant today, and that is our passion and desire to make great architecture.