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.