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.