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“design et al are delighted to announce that Mark J. Leonardi Architect PA have been shortlisted for the Luxury Residence – Americas Award, and Residential Architectural Property Award, in The International Design & Architecture Awards 2019.“
Driven by the need to create an oasis away from the harsh winter up north- the home welcomes with warm embrace. Sophisticated in its execution, the project accentuates nonpareil craftsmanship throughout. Capturing its site, the residence is situated along Gordon River with views to the mangroves on Keewaydin Island and Gordon Pass to the west. The residence functions as a series of pavilions sprawled throughout the landscape. These pavilions are tethered to one another through glass and stone corridors which act as the connective tissue of the design. Following contextual cues from its environment the intervention exudes a sense of simplicity and elegance. Its materiality reinforces this critical aspect of the design. Mahogany and Spanish limestone envelop the exteriors creating a natural contrast. Whilst teak screens are utilized to create ephemeral light conditions within. The home revels in superb interior touches including fumed white-oak floors, Zepsa cabinetry and Tischler mahogany windows and doors with brushed stainless-steel accents. Abstract-expressionist pieces by Lee Krasner and Elaine De Kooning as well as antique pieces from around the world not only create provocative statements but add a level of refinement to the home’s leisurely ambiance. While lush tropical landscaping frames views to the outside. The living spaces open to calming pools of water, clad in ciena-azul limestone with granite basins. This diaphanous play between interior and exterior highlights the attained lifestyle desired by its owners.
The serene pools of water which delineate circulation are integral to the design. Dotted with sculptural follies of flowing water these pools become dynamic focal pieces. Complimenting these water features within the home are custom commissioned glass sculptures by Studio Bel Vetro and Lino Tagliapietra. Working in a similar way as the reflecting pools, the sculptures pull the eye and direct circulation. More than just conversation pieces- the brilliant and playful sculptures juxtapose the grounded aesthetics of the home.
From the very beginning the design was conceived with a sensitive approach to not only its surroundings but to the needs of the clients. The residence works as a retreat for an intimate stay or may also easily function as the stage for an evening of entertaining. Its timeless design ensures these functions for decades to come. While environmentally the home responds to natural stimuli such as, sun and rain, as a design catalyst rather than a hinderance. Teak screens, brise-soleil and canopies create opportunities for comfortable outdoor living without compromising aesthetics.
Mark J. Leonardi Architect PA strives for design excellence independent of current regional trends conceiving design that integrates to the design field at large. Our mission is to create relevant design through a process-oriented mindset. This home is a product of our philosophy.
Mark J. Leonardi Architect PA utilized a diverse set of artisans and craftsmen in the execution of the design. All wood and stone details were meticulously installed and crafted by master trim carpenters and stone masons. Glass-sculptor Lino Tagliapietra’s pieces adorn the interior living spaces. The centerpiece of the dining room is a custom designed glass chandelier crafted by Studio Bel Vetro. Its undulating design and coloration adds visual complexity and texture to the space. Below it a custom designed rich mahogany table completes the space.
Completed in 2016, Morgan Cove II by Mark J. Leonardi Architect, Studio C New York, and Newberry North Associates are the recipients of the 2018 Residential Award; awarded by Design et al. Follow this link for more information.
MJLA challenges the conventional idea of the residence as one building and conceptually pulls it apart making it unique as well as site and client specific; resulting in a new, more dynamic home site with multiple, faceted buildings collected to bring meaning to typically neglected space. Utilizing residual space, or the spaces in between, for programmatic components such as entry, light transfer, circulation, and garden is how this is realized. This both creates and places transitions in between areas of a home that at one point could have been bland, block-like, and very front-to-back. Instead, these areas are seen as opportunities.
The choice of materials strengthens the seamless perception of the space between, thus making the interior and exterior residual spaces an integral part of the residence. Taking these residual spaces and giving them life, transforms the residence into a much more open, place to place, room to room feeling that is evoked while living, walking through, and simply being a part of a home environment.
There are alternatives to the dominant trend of Interior Design and Architecture that could add significant value to the profession. These alternatives are an attempt to redefine an attitude that re-engages one into the process of design. We feel this attitude has been lost and become more about “building” VS “designing.” It is our ambition to educate people on this premise and bring back the sense of professionalism that has been lacking over the past decade. Our intention is not to reinvent but rather re-establish an attitude in South Florida that is both eminent and relevant.