KZA3470 E Coast Ave.
Founder Jaya Kader Zebede believes in designing spaces that harmonize the community with the natural environment. In our client’s presentation, we have been including the study of Feng Shui, Sacred Geometry, biophilia, and symbolism to provide the highest form of connection between life and space. In a moment where people are less and less engaged with the community, and with a growing discontent with religious institutions, we wish to create spaces that act as our sanctuaries.3470 E Coast Ave. , Suite H201 Miami FL 33137
With the Barw'du School in Liberia, Africa, architect Jaya Kader explores an alternative path to engage in the process of architecture. In traditional contemporary practices, architects serve clients who offer a tailor-made project to be designed and realized. This project, however, afforded the possibility to imagine architects as activists who seek to transform through interventions from the ground up. Jaya partnered with Simon Crowe, a life coach based in London, who has dedicated years to the development of educational leadership programs in Liberia. As part of his commitment to the people of Liberia, he had directed his effort to help a village in Central Liberia build a school that would serve as a catalyst to create a sustainable agricultural community in the area.
The Woodcrest Residence
Clients Jose Piedrahita and Carolina Mazuera, former engineers from Colombia, have brought their family to the United States and have chosen South Florida as the location they wish to make their new home. The couple had selected a location within walking distance of a well-regarded elementary school in Key Biscayne where they planned to enroll their two young sons. After researching design possibilities for inspiration, the couple was convinced that they wanted a design that would be harmonious with the emerging architecture and the tropical climate. Artist Andrés Ferrandis worked alongside the architect to create the Woodcrest residence’s signature aluminum grills that screens the house from the neighboring street and the setting sun, while still allowing for visibility from the interior. It was crucial to use few materials for the holistic and minimalist approach KZ Architecture believes in maintaining. To retain simplicity and elegance, the architect employs limestone, stucco, glass, metal, tile, and wood, all non-toxic and at balanced measures to enforce aesthetic unity. The tones are light, neutral, and organic, with moments of vibrant accents for bold contrast in both the exterior and interior design.