Dilido House designed by SAOTA, spills out onto the longer, waterfront elevation and draws on the jet-set lifestyle of Biscayne Bay, to evoke the experience of being on the deck of a super yacht. This home completed in 2017, the 1670 m2 space is based on the Southern tip of the island. Indeed, overlooking spectacularly the islands, downtown and South Beach, the house is designed to blend perfectly with the surroundings. With the pool allowing the home to become one with the neighbouring sea surroundings.

Once inside, all the principle living spaces from the more intimate areas housing a kitchen, butler kitchen and a large family den, to the more open and expansive great room and study live out onto a semi covered collection of external living rooms verged by the curved arc of the bay-side. The living room has a spiral staircase that leads to the bedroom. While there’s a double height dining room and separate kitchen and family spaces. Also, the roof top terrace – accessed by elevator – has a second bar, a fire pit, and a hot tub with breath taking views of Downtown Miami, especially at night.

In addition to this, the materials are subtle yet rich in their collective application with an almost yacht-like tautness. Hence, it allows the home to expertly meet all hurricane code requirements, whilst remaining graceful, open and expansive. Besides, the interior uses a double volume entrance hall and the home separated by a number of wall planes and volumes. Crisp white stucco, warm grey limestone, copper and bronze detail elements combine to suggest understated luxury and textural tension. As a result, all sophisticated designs make the house become a luxurious and ideal living space for owner to enjoy the life and the high end beauty of the nature surrounding.

The Architecture Design Project Information:

  • Project Name: Dilido House
  • Location: Miami, Florida, United States
  • Project Year: 2017
  • Area: 1670 m²
  • Site Area: 1 982 m2
  • Designed by: SAOTA
Entrance from the street, via the Venetian Causeway, is more restrained. Also, lush planting skirts a generous in-out driveway, and a series of wall planes and volumes, held together by a curved screen of etched glass, signal a grand, double-volume entrance hall.
Dilido House, a Picturesque House Brings Sophistication to Miami’s Coast
Dilido House, a Picturesque House Brings Sophistication to Miami’s Coast
Dilido House, a Picturesque House Brings Sophistication to Miami’s Coast
Reflecting the lush setting of sea and islands, water, which meanders throughout the house from a pond at the entrance and via a calm refection pool around the study. It unifies this lido-like outdoor space. Whilst creating smaller islands of space and linking the inside to the pool and the sea.
Dilido House, a Picturesque House Brings Sophistication to Miami’s Coast
The covered external living areas flow onto a spacious deck with a resort-like choice of covered lounging areas. Including deckchairs for sunbathing, shallow-water “martini” seating, a fully functional bar area and even a pop-up outdoor table on the water edge for the ultimate on-water dining experience
Dilido House, a Picturesque House Brings Sophistication to Miami’s Coast
Besides, the central void is animated with deliberately sculptural elements and artworks. It includes a bold spiral staircase, and a series of bronze screens which hang from the ceiling to create a double height dining room. Also, separate kitchen and family space from the more formal entertainment areas to the East.
Dilido House, a Picturesque House Brings Sophistication to Miami’s Coast
Dilido House, a Picturesque House Brings Sophistication to Miami’s Coast
Dilido House, a Picturesque House Brings Sophistication to Miami’s Coast

The Dilido House Gallery:

Text by the Architects: The setting for this Miami house is on a pie shaped lot on the southern tip of Dilido Island with superb views of the islands, downtown and South Beach. The SAOTA-designed house spills out onto the longer, waterfront elevation and draws on the jet-set lifestyle of Biscayne Bay, to evoke the experience of being on the deck of a super yacht. Multiple events unfold on this versatile terrace whose defining characteristic. The harmonious merging of internal and external living spaces – is a theme carried throughout the house.

Photo credit: Adam Letch| Source: SAOTA

For more information about this project; please contact the Architecture firm :
– Add: 109 Hatfield Street, Gardens, Cape Town, 8001
– Tel: +27 (0)21 468 4400
– Email: [email protected] 

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