The proposed replacement for the remains of the Mediterranean Revival yacht club at 22 Star Island Drive have surfaced, with a much larger structure than the current building, designed by DOMO Architecture + Design for Lennar CEO Stuart Miller. Although it could mean the loss of a prized architectural treasure, on the upside the proposed design is at least more subtle (and likely more pleasing), despite its size, than what will be erected at nearby 42 Star Island.
Based on renderings released by The Next Miami, the gently curving forms of the two-story “mansion” (definitely an understatement) offer a more organic translation of typical tropical modern architecture. The choice of materials – glass, polished concrete, and Brazilian “Ipe” wood – create an illusion of transparency through the site while still providing privacy, and a series of outdoor courts and roof gardens help the building blend into a new, more lush landscape. In general, the house reads more “zen retreat” than showy McMansion, but everyone needs a little glitz right? In addition to a nine-space underground parking garage, Miller’s new home will consist of one massive master suite, 4 additional bedrooms, 2 guest cottages, staff quarters, a home theater, and a ridiculously large leisure pool that hugs the curves of the house and eventually turns into a lap pool. How convenient, Mr. Miller is building himself a moat.