We’ve given our unbridled praise of Allan Shulman in a host of other articles, noting him mostly for his efforts at larger scale urban planning and historic preservation, of which there can be no doubt of his talents. However, leave us not forget that preservationists aren’t just about protecting that which is old, but also have a talent for creating new.
Finished in 2014 The Hammock House is a stunning example of a modern South Florida home that blends effortlessly with it surroundings complimenting the tangle of under growth and over growth of Coconut Grove. The home sits in the Camp Biscayne neighborhood / sub-division of the Grove, literally steps away from Main Highway. How you can make a home that is off of a busy thoroughfare seem secluded and quiet takes a bit of artistry and talent, to say the very least. The overgrowth helps a great deal but then blending the home and the environment in to one so that you forget that you are in a relatively busy suburb of a major city ain’t so easy. The home itself is a relatively simple mass, although the foot print including decks weaves beautifully in to the surrounding landscape. The glass enclosed downstairs brings the outside back in while the second floor hovers above the greenery and nestles itself in the treetops, providing a little seclusion to the private quarters. The best photos to be found, if you care to see more, and you should are on Shulman’s website.