LEED for Homes registered project is a milestone
for residential performance green building in
Florida. Completed September 2009, the project
- LEED for Homes v2 - Silver Certification
( 78 Points )
- Florida Green Building Coalition v6 - Gold
Certification ( 180 Points )
- Energy Star for Homes - HERS 72
- Florida Yards & Neighborhoods Certification
The program called for a single family home
for a family of five on waterfront property.
The first architectural goal was to integrate
the living structure with the striking beauty
of the surrounding landscape. In response to
the client’s wishes and to a contextual philosophy
of design, a Miami Modernist language defines
the aesthetics of the structure. The geometry
of the house is composed of two orthogonal volumes
which are in dialogue with each other and the
A large courtyard greets the beholder as he
walks along a covered axis toward the home’s
entry. This axis serves as the element which
connects the two main volumes, the larger one
containing most of the house program, and the
smaller one providing a ceremonial envelope
for the great room, the sculptural stair and
the master bedroom above.
Where the larger volume emphasizes its connection
to the ground by means of a stone wall, the
smaller volume appears to be suspended as it
is lifted from the ground with round columns,
and its image is reflected on the lili pond
in the front courtyard.
There is an effort to maximize views from all
the main spaces of the house, including the
living, dining, family room, kitchen, study
and master bedroom. In addition, the childrens’
bedrooms overlook the front courtyard.
The team intends to build a LEED certified
home according to USGBC and FGBC standards.
In addition to all the criteria for energy efficiency
and sensibility to our environment that this
goal entails, the architecture of the house
is responsive to its context. Elements such
as large overhangs, generous porches and balconies
provide environmentally sensitive solutions
for a home in a tropical climate. -
Jaya Kader Zebede, AIA - Architect of Record
Harbor Islands Residence: Architect, Jaya Zebede
Pursuing LEED for Homes Silver
Certification, Florida Green Building Coalition
- Completed August 2009 -
The entranceway exemplifies
the owners intent for the entire residence.
The balance of beauty, purpose, performance
This exquisitely designed driveway is comprised
of a set of non-aligning, 34 x 4
sandstone slabs separated with a 4 joint,
with a 1º slope, atop a coarse aggregate. The
elegant yet simple design addresses storm water
management, heat island, durability and aesthetic.
addresses storm water management, heat island,
durability and aesthetic.