Architect Rafael Portuondo and designer Beatrice Pyla-González designed a neoclassical villa in Miami that houses a magnificent art collection assembled by the ownersPassing the gallery
Text: Anastasia Shestakova
A photo: - Carlos Domenech
Magazine: N5 (182) 2013
The owners of this residence in a quiet place of Coral Gables in Miami have an impressive collection of pieces of art: this includes French furniture of the Baroque era, authentic Persian carpets, TIFFANY table lamps (there are more than 50), and decorative and applied arts. According to the authors of the project, architect Rafael Portuondo from Portuondo – Perotti Architects bureau and designer Beatrice Pila – Gonzalez, who also had her own studio, the house had to match these works of art and serve them as worthy framing winning background.
The villa was luxurious, elegant and at the same time rather strict. All architectural solutions of the house are subordinated to this mood. It is made as an Italian palazzo - with long galleries, cross vaults, coffered ceilings and large arched windows. The building is connected with the surrounding landscape and communicates with it through open exits-arches, numerous balconies and terraces. In addition to the main premises of the master's villa, there is also a guest area, a chapel, a theater and a wine cellar. All of them are trimmed with the same materials (these are marble, onyx and others) and are united by a common color range in which cream, opal and greenish tones prevail. Designing the decor of various premises, designers repelled the works of art. For example, the living room is decorated in reddish tones - in imitation of the Persian carpets and glass of Emile Galle exhibited here. The situation as a whole is mixed: something is made to order, something found in Italy the daughter of the owners, there are antiques. It turned out a stylish interior with a story.