Ocean Drive Apartment by mwworks

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    Inspired by tropical light and a warm climate, Seattle-based architects mwworks unite two flats overlooking Miami Beach in Florida.

    mwworks create meaningful spaces featuring exceptional craftsmanship, as seen in their Whidbey Island Farm Retreat in Seattle; a contemporary holiday home that rightfully earned itself a place in our top global homes of 2020.

    Taking their intuitive design principles across the country to Miami, the architects have drawn inspiration from Florida’s native flora and balmy weather, informing the warm colour and materiality choices. Complete with pristine beach views, the apartment has a sense of permanence not typical of the holiday location. 

    mwworks designed the Ocean Drive Apartment for a family as a beach retreat they could call home. The brief was simple; let the interior architecture act as a frame for the everchanging beach views. mwworks introduced a tactile material palette formed around dark tropical hardwood, to let the coastal outlook take centre stage. Timber walls distinguish the shared spaces, while hand-troweled plaster walls lend a softness to the private areas and highlight the changing light qualities throughout the day.

    The kitchen features a unique carved island bench with a subtle drop-down lip, concealing the integrated Wolf cooktop. mwworks reduced visual clutter through recessed downlights, integrated light and power switches and simplified door hardware.

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    A subtle spectrum of grey tones in the living room keeps the beachfront view as the main focus.

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    Paying homage to the client’s love for travel in the Middle East, a custom plaster bas-relief headboard separates the bedroom from the bathroom in the master ensuite. Light-toned textiles and minimal furnishings subtly reference the relaxed lifestyle true to Miami.

    By focusing on harmony with the home’s beachside context, mwworks have designed a functional, modern family apartment that strays from the Miami architectural norm.

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    A custom plaster bas-relief headboard separates the bedroom from the bathroom in the master ensuite, referencing the client’s love for travel in the Middle East.

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    Overlooking the water, the master ensuite features the City Plus Exposed Shower by Brodware.

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    Masonry breeze blocks evoke an understated Mid-Century sensibility.

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    Custom black limestone tiles laid in herringbone and the streamlined City Plus Handshower by Brodware create a sense of elegance in the bathroom. 

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