Lindemann Residence II

Miami Beach, Florida | 2017

This Florida house expresses an energetic combination of tropicalist modern architecture with a client’s extraordinary contemporary art collection, while also accommodating his family – including four children under the age of 10 and multiple pets.

The formal strategy of the house transposes the traditional elegance of a 1920's/1930's zaguan – a covered entry portal through a courtyard – onto a 7,800 SF L-shaped plan occupying a narrow Miami Beach lot. This spatial corridor penetrates an adjacent garden containing a preserved oak tree, leading inhabitants to the front entrance and ultimately orienting them to vistas of the Miami skyline beyond. Organized along the short side, the house's main living spaces are balanced between Biscayne Bay and an internal courtyard, with services arranged along the long side of the house.

The interior of the home eschews the typically austere, museological nature of spaces for art display and maintains a playful atmosphere that fully integrates the collection with family life. The architect worked closely with the client and interior designer to create structural elements for large-scale pieces. Several site-specific works were commissioned by the client, including a sculptural stair by Scottish artist Martin Creed embedded in the center of the house. It comprises 37 variations of marble and required extensive collaboration between artist and architect.

Floor-to-ceiling windows protected by overhanging canopies frame views of the downtown Miami skyline. On the second level, the master bedroom and study spaces cantilever over the ground level terrace.

Inside and out, the house is a joyous expression of living with art.


S+A was the Architect for the project. Interior design by Frank de Biasi. Interior stair by Martin Creed.

Photographs by Emilio Collavino.


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