Casa Bahia by Alejandro Landes
Designed in 2015 by Alejandro Landes, this modernist three-story residence is located in Miami, Florida.
Casa Bahía- a handmade home- is a modernist structure that seamlessly cohabits with the tropical wonderland of Coconut Grove. It appears to float above water and lush greenery, seeming to blur the boundaries between indoor and outdoor living. Upon entering this peninsular escape, you are struck by the harmony of the space where man and nature become one. This is a dwelling that effortlessly merges the experience of urban living with a philosophy of simplicity, timelessness and light. The beauty of the architecture rests in its functionality and grace, framing life. Every element introduced succeeds through its purity and precision.
One becomes enveloped by a home that fully absorbs your every sense. Your vision takes in the whiteness of ash-infused concrete cantilevered before pastel skies and turquoise waters. Your view extends infinitely into the horizon, giving you the feeling of vastness from anywhere you ground your feet. Your skin is caressed by breeze from the azure bay as you take in the scent of salt and ocean, and the sound of a two-story water wall that cascades with rhythmic force against jagged, slate monoliths below.
A monumental, suspended entry staircase effortlessly glides over air and water, appearing to defy the pressure of gravity. You are introduced to a central area uninterrupted by material divisions. The fusion of inside-outside, vertical-horizontal, land-sea, shadow-light and nature-man unite continuously throughout Casa Bahía. The effect of the design is a profound connection with all that surrounds you. In this cultivated wild, a transparent ribbon of floor-to-ceiling teak/glass doors slide to invite the moon, stars and sun to inhabit this space with you. The naked honesty of the construction is flawless in its bareness. Excellence lies in the quality of the natural materials, the geometric sensibility, and the spirit of Modernity that evokes the aesthetics of Le Corbusier merged with an eternal dreamscape unique to Miami.
Photography by Joe Fletcher