Hibiscus Island Design Voted Finalist in Structures Awards

The lot at 428 S. Hibiscus Drive is irregular, and the site posed design challenges that could have minimized views of Downtown Miami and Biscayne Bay, but Ralph Choeff, a partner with Choeff Levy Fischman, P.A., and his team stepped up to the challenge.

In the end, the 11,000-square-foot residence on the 18,000-square-foot lot took almost five years to complete at a cost of $13 million. But the results speak volumes about the work that went into the project. Upon entering the residence, one walks over stepping stones that seem to float over the reflecting pond. With sliders fully open, it appears as though one is walking directly onto the pool deck, though still in the formal entry lobby.

Thing overhangs cantilever out from the substantial structure required for the grand interior spaces.

The overhangs turn from floors into walls, from walls into roofs. The whole space maintains an appearance where the inside becomes one with nature and the elements.

Key Partners

General contractor: Bosch Construction and Eddie Irvine

Structural engineer: Quality Structural Design

MEP engineer: H. Vidal & Associates

Landscape architect: Christopher Cawley Landscape Architecture

Insurance and financing: Bosch Construction and Eddie Irvine