Banyan Tree Residence by Choeff Levy Fischman
Designed by Choeff Levy Fischman, this beautiful contemporary residence is located in Miami Beach, Florida.
In true Tropical Modern style, Miami-based Choeff Levy Fischman respected the property’s natural elements by keeping the large tree and designing the master bedroom, pool, and outdoor kitchen around it to provide the owners with unobstructed waterfront views, as well as privacy.
The architects combined modern design with warm elements including natural stone, glass, wood, and water features to capture the essence of a Tropical Modern oasis. The main entrance features a granite driveway and a breathtaking carved limestone waterfall near the front door. Inside, Honed Portuguese limestone flooring was used throughout the home, as well as texturized European smoked Oak wood details, and a two-story bronze fireplace. Outside, South American Ipe wood can be found in the driveway and on the exterior overhangs. The final product resulted in a 13,676 square foot, two-story home with 9 bedrooms, 10 bathrooms, 1 powder room, and a private rooftop terrace.
Combined with vast sliding glass doors that pocket and disappear, the open-concept design blurs the lines between indoor and outdoor creating a seamless transition throughout the different areas of the home. Several reflecting ponds can be found throughout the home as well, providing zen-like areas for lounging and entertaining.
“With an emphasis on indoor-outdoor living, we incorporated reflecting ponds throughout the exterior of the home,” said Ralph Choeff. “When the sliders are open, it creates the illusion that the water elements are inside the home. This really blurred the lines of interior and exterior with this home.”
The wide-open yard boasts an oversized infinity edge pool that flows into shallow water and becomes a reflecting pond wrapping around an island with lounge-seating .The shallow water continues to the rear slider at the interior lounge to make it appear as if the water enters the interior of the residence once the sliders are fully open. The yard also features a large grass area, more than 100 feet of dock space, an outdoor kitchen and cabana with rooftop access – and of course, the Banyan tree.