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Lake Vista

Lake Vista consisted of overhauling the design of a 10,000 sq. ft., two-story gated multi-family community clubhouse, from the ground up, while taking community and developer needs equally into consideration.

LOCATION Miami, Florida
TYPE Multi-family

Monochromatic and neutral color palettes were brought in for spatial symmetry throughout and juxtaposed with splashes of navy, hunter green, black and pastels for identifiable contrast in each required area of interest. Greeted with Marset Nunefer pendants dancing in the natural light provided by the double-height foyer designed to highlight the monolithic size of this communal refuge, the entryway to the Lake Vista Clubhouse is flanked with custom, soft concrete finished floating benches anchored in gray large format porcelain-tiled walls for an elevated multi-dimensional look. Keeping in mind the need to maximize the space of the main seating area, the expanse is tied together by a large custom viscose and wool taupe-colored area rug while including separate seating arrangements for the simultaneous enjoyment of different groups. The larger seating section is easily identified by modern semi-gloss tricorn black wall paneling and a mounted entertainment console. The smaller, more intimate seating section is identified by the continuation of the main entrance’s gray large format porcelain-tiled walls set with a minimalistic custom art piece, designed by Founder and Creative Director - Raymond Jimenez, consisting of a large, off-white canvas and clustered Puck wall sconce from Vibia mounted on top.

Suit for the use of large gatherings and, both, cohesive hosting and entertaining between the clubhouse’s communal spaces, the kitchen (which comes well-equipped with hidden appliances ranging from a 36” refrigerator, 36” freezer and (2) 24” under-counter beverage consoles) and dining areas sit adjacent to the main seating area. Elements of black and taupe were brought into each of the areas in order to tie in the monochromatic color scheme found throughout the clubhouse’s open layout. A black caesar-stone countertop and backsplash was brought into the kitchen alongside light taupe, back-paneled shelving used for decorative accents and accessories while the the dining area was purposefully designed to include a Restoration Hardware Chandelier, glass pendants from Circa Lighting and hand-blown glass accessories from Sklo to connect the ongoing juxtaposition between white and black. Sporting slatted wood ceilings, iconic wishbone guest chairs, organic pussy-willow floral arrangements, and semi-gridded glass partitioned private offices, the leasing center pays a touch of old-world nuance to the modern theme of the clubhouse’s modern design while still respecting the overall monochromatic color scheme that ties all of its spaces together. The Puck wall sconce from Vibia makes another cameo in the private office of the leasing center, only this time mounted on dark, muted, vertical wood grain wall paneling. Ingenuity sets the business center apart by tying together cool blue and warm camel-colored tones. Anchored with navy blue wall coverings and a playful tiled carpet from Shaw Contract, a floating workstation equally divided by fluted glass framed in dark bronze metal is paired with, both, camel leather task chairs from DWR and transitional tear-drop pendant light fixtures providing additional overhead lighting for each individual work space.

A custom-designed, two-toned dusty rose armchair off-sets the blue and camel neutrality of its surroundings alongside a 9’ linen sofa brought in for more comfortable seating and/or additional options to work from any handheld device including, but not limited to: tablets, laptops or mobile devices. With a minimalist and industrial approach to child play, the clubhouse’s kids’ playroom features (2) linear West Elm chandeliers with exposed light bulbs highlighting the hunter green tones showcased in the landscape mural wallcovering from Twill and Texture. Further, neutral colored, toddler sized Eames chairs and a tulip table sit on top of (2) CB2 area rugs tying the landscape’s green tones on display and providing additional contrast to the layered black shiplap wainscotting framing the overall space. Sleek design and bright lighting were imperative to the general aesthetic of the fitness center and, thus, a recessed 2’x4’ linear light fixture and continued neutral color palette played as heavy non-negotiables in order to allow for the black and gray equipment to stand out in perfect contrast to the natural split face stone installed as a backdrop. A custom partition wall with a long transcom window was added in order to allow natural light into the space and bounce off the bottom-wall cladded mirrors paired underneath vertical gray oak veneer. The harmony of remarkable overhead and natural lighting tied with minimalistic and conforming design aesthetics prove the fitness center to be the gym-goers’ sanctuary Lake Vista needed.

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