LOCATION: HOMESTEAD, FLORIDA
CLIENT: KARLA DASCAL, SACRED SPACE
Paradise Farms is a 7.5 acre property in Homestead, FL, approximately 50 minutes south of Miami. Since 1999, it has operated as a certified organic farm, servicing Miami’s chefs and hosting special farm-to-table dinners. The property includes a main house and several service buildings along with a combination of outdoor spaces organized around sacred geometries and principles of Feng Shui. In 2017, the property was purchased by new owners with plans to expand upon the farm’s mission, transforming it into a holistic health and wellness destination.
The master plan includes a gut renovation/re-skinning of the main house and the addition of a detached guest and pool house – along with several casitas where additional guests can spend the weekend.
Inspiration for the project came from Florida’s 19th century rural vernacular and historic farms/plantations of the South, which feature mostly wooden buildings, simple geometries and forms, breezeways, and deep porches. In addition, the buildings are designed to have minimum environmental impact – raised off the ground and integrating solar panels, rainwater catchment, and passive cooling strategies.
A consistent material palette was used throughout, including mahogany, cedar shingles, and corrugated metal.
Other collaborators included LAND.design and Shim Projects.
Main House and Guest House