New edi­tion

In­spired by su­pery­acht de­sign, Mark Bul­li­vant has cre­ated a con­tem­po­rary Mi­ami res­i­dence over­look­ing Bis­cayne Bay.


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To cap­ture the spirit of Mi­ami means hav­ing an abil­ity to feel its nat­u­ral rhythm and ca­dence. For his lat­est US project in Di Lido Is­land – a neigh­bour­hood in Mi­ami’s South Beach – Mark Bul­li­vant, Di­rec­tor at SAOTA, was able to de­sign a res­i­dence that speaks of its lush trop­i­cal sur­rounds, while cre­at­ing a con­tem­po­rary de­sign des­ti­na­tion for yearround en­ter­tain­ing of clients with a jet-set life­style.

The firm’s de­sign phi­los­o­phy was es­sen­tial in its very nat­u­ral ap­proach to de­sign­ing the 1670-square me­tre project area of the prop­erty. “SAOTA’s de­sign DNA is de­rived from the South African way of liv­ing, which places em­pha­sis on the out­doors as peo­ple live both in and through their homes; to cre­ate great live­able spa­ces, both in­door and out­door,” says Bul­li­vant.

“This re­lies on rooms hav­ing good as­pect and nat­u­ral light, while at the same time de­liv­er­ing pro­tec­tion from the el­e­ments. The de­mand­ing brief on the pie-shaped lot meant that we needed to in­tro­duce court­yards within the depth of the floor plan to achieve th­ese ob­jec­tives.”

The prop­erty came with a very dis­tinct brief that re­flected the client’s unique vi­sion of wa­ter­side liv­ing. “It is a very unique prop­erty that af­fords a very unique liv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. The client at the on­set of the project ex­plained in de­tail how he wanted the project, specif­i­cally the rear yard, to feel like the stern of a su­pery­acht. It’s some­thing we re­ally took on; the daybed, which con­verts through a hy­draulic ta­ble lift to an out­side din­ing area is prob­a­bly one of my favourite spa­ces as it en­cap­su­lates ev­ery­thing the project is about; the wa­ter’s edge, high de­sign and liv­ing out­doors,” Bul­li­vant ex­plains.

The firm’s sig­na­ture style can es­pe­cially be seen in the out­door cov­ered spa­ces. “They are an el­e­ment that peo­ple of­ten use to de­fine our ar­chi­tec­ture, as it al­lows peo­ple to be com­fort­able, pro­tected out­side,” says Bul­li­vant.

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