For a mere $50 million, you could live in this stunning tropical-modernist Miami mansion designed by the Colombian-Ecuadorian filmmaker Alejandro Landes. Known as Casa Bahia, and coming in at an impressive 20,000 square feet, the property sits on the shore of Biscayne Bay. Landes designed the home himself, working with local architect Jerry Gavcovich. “In Casa Bahia, I tried to do what I do as a filmmaker: frame life and time in a way that connects the outside with what's inside,” Landes told Dezeen.
Completed last year, Landes originally built the home with the intention to move in, but put it on the market six months after construction wrapped. The seven-bedroom home is a minimalist, concrete structure that allows the interior to be completely open to its exterior. There’s hardly a space in the house that doesn’t take advantage of the stunning waterfront views.
Landes got creative with Miami's strict construction code, which dictates that properties by the water must be raised to avoid flooding. The design team created a vast, shaded lounging area with reflecting pools on the ground floor, which sits beneath a concrete plinth that wraps around the house. The elevated plane, then, serves as a deck for the floors above.
From ground level, an elegant white staircase rises up to the main living area, which boasts a double-height ceiling and direct access to the deck. The floor above holds bedrooms and personal spaces, as well as a standalone “apartment” with its own kitchen and amenities.
The concrete interiors remained sparse and minimalist. The interiors were designed by Landes' mother, Catalina Echavarría, who influenced his design sense at a young age. “There is a narrative woven through Casa Bahia in the way each stone has been laid, each artisanal fabric has been sewn, each piece of reclaimed wood has been carved," Landes says about the final product. “Only things made well can be laid bare to reveal their essence.”