A Genus of Breath-taking Views in Palm Beach by Affiniti Architects

Ian Mutuli
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Ian Mutuli

Ian Mutuli

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.
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In a landscape where the cost of seafront properties have escalated drastically, there is an increasing need for breathtaking views, profound architectural insight, and top-tier materials to meet with luxury in its purest form. Masterminded by Affiniti Architects, this house situated on Florida's Palm Beach integrates aspects of modern architecture, merging with elements of the contemporary to cater to the extravagant requirements of the envisaged family occupants. The intimate and inviting interior, shaped by Marc Thee, allows the architects to achieve a balance of elegance and comfort, a distinct attribute of triumphant architecture in such a locality.

The main entrance is a humongous door whose sight is overshadowed by a sprawling swimming pool that invites you into the compound, mixed with patches of green and concrete to create an elegant balance between the soft and hard landscape. At the backyard is an open courtyard, which you enter into by passing through a lounge – or you could choose to sit in the lounge and take pleasure from gazing at the waters and sand yonder.

The interior of the house is awash with exquisite materials and furniture. However, what mostly calms you down is the wood finish. It adds a lot of warmth and cooling effect in an interior that has been padded a lot by expensive features.

The stair is a grand manifestation of how far contemporary architecture has progressed, with glass frames complementing wooden handrails and treads, leading you into the private section of the house. Below the staircase, the interior designer incorporated a water feature to make use of the space that would otherwise be underutilized. In effect, there is a feeling that after walking around the house for a while every day, once you get to the staircase, you will be made to stop and absorb the sheer surprise the water feature creates before taking on the steps.

What the architects manage to articulate very well is the views to the sea. From every space in the room, you can see and absorb mindboggling views of the ocean and sunset. It’s an impeccable feat to achieve, but an integration of large windows and balconies makes the spaces even more expressive with a feel of openness. It’s an intimate space that washes you with emotion from the interior to the exterior. The separation of functions allow the user’s most intimate spaces to have a sense of privacy, drama, and directness towards an exterior that supersedes the room when your eyes are set on it.

If you're looking for more inspiration on breathtaking beach houses, don't miss out on Beached House by BKK Designs, where luxury meets seaside tranquility.

Project Information
Architects: Affiniti Architects
Interior Designer: Marc Thee
Location: Palm Beach, Florida, USA
Photography & Video: Chibi Moku
Completed: 2016

Ian Mutuli

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Ian Mutuli

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.
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