From Biscayne Bay to Downtown Miami: a Stunning Home by SAOTA

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Could you swim from the infinity pool here clear to downtown Miami? It almost feels as if you could dive in and keep going just that far at this stunning contemporary home in Miami, Florida, by SAOTA (Stefan Antoni Olmesdahl Truen Architects). The home’s location on the Venetian Islands enables its lucky residents to gaze over Biscayne Bay straight to the downtown skyline — and both the endless-seeming pool and the private boat dock might tempt you to take the plunge! But stick around: there’s plenty of beauty here to enjoy. Enter the lighted front foyer from a loose “sidewalk” of large rectangular paving stones and you’re brought into a whole new world, one in which the outdoors and indoors are at times one and the same. Beneath swaying palms, you can enjoy outdoor “rooms” that take advantage of the splendid climate.

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Go ahead: catch some rays, splash a few laps, prepare a snack, or invite a crowd. You can even move easily between decks: just walk across the pool’s handy stepping stones. Or, for a cool refuge from the bright sunshine, duck into a sheltered living room/seating area with dove-gray couches, low white tables, and the kitchen and indoor dining area mere steps away. Speaking of steps — you’ll feel like you’re floating on two spiraling staircases, one looking like a geometric puzzle in white, the other bound in ribbons of wood grain. Bright yellow, bottle green, and orange abstract art brightens one wall; room “dividers” are whimsical lattices of light wood that feel as weightless and organic as the tropical foliage all around you. So take that swim — but don’t forget to come back to this comfortable, casually elegant place.

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Written by Janet Butler

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Janet W. Butler is a freelance writer, editor, and editorial consultant by day and a “small soprano” by night. An RWA Golden Heart Winner, she is the author of the inspirational romance From the Ashes (“the best little book no one’s ever heard of”), published by SANDS Publishing in 2001; and a romantic suspense, Voice of Innocence, from Desert Breeze Publishing. She is a Chicago native transplanted to northeast Indiana, where she lives with her husband, daughter, and Cassandra “Trouble” Butler, S.R.C. (Spoiled Rotten Cat).

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