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Portico House

Miami, FL
Valencia Coverings
Building Company:
Caribbean Construction Inc.
Lea Ceramiche


Greg Clark

At 2,166 square feet, Portico House is a modern bungalow in Miami that seamlessly coexists with nature as well as the older homes in the neighborhood. DEN Architecture oriented the single-story house to take advantage of natural breezes and passive solar orientation while constructing a super insulated envelope and installing high-performance doors and windows. Porches, verandas, courtyards, gardens, and decks surround and permeate the space, allowing social activities to breathe life into the house. The porous character of the design required an extremely durable and low maintenance material for the flooring. The architects selected porcelain tiles inspired by lava rock from Lea Ceramiche’s Basaltina Stone Project line to complete the organic design and material palette of the house.