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Florida-based stu­dio Brill­hart Ar­chi­tec­ture has de­signed a home fronted by slat­ted wooden shut­ters in a lush Mi­ami for­est. The house, named Brill­hart Res­i­dence, is a sin­gle-storey build­ing that reects a new ar­chi­tec­ture style of the trop­ics. It has adopted lo­cal con­struc­tion tech­niques and ma­te­ri­als dur­ing the de­sign process. In re­sponse to lo­cal build­ing codes and in an­tic­i­pa­tion of ris­ing sea lev­els, the struc­ture is lifted ve feet off the ground on top of con­crete beams. The twobed­room house is com­pact and has the in­te­rior space spread over 1,500 sq. ft. and an ad­di­tional ex­ter­nal ve­ran­das add 800 sq.ft. The front porch is pro­tected by hinged slats of western red cedar that run all along the street-fac­ing side of the house. Th­ese can be swung open and shut for ven­ti­la­tion, and to screen the glass frontage from pry­ing eyes.

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