• Prize
    Winner in Landscape Architecture - Residential Landscape
  • Company/Firm
    Orlando Comas, ASLA, Landscape Architect
  • Lead Designer
    Orlando Comas, ASLA, Landscape Architect
  • Design Team
    Portuondo Perotti-Architects, All Go Construction- General Contractors
  • Photographer Credit
    Jonathan Sanchez, CG Sketch-Digital Visualization Studio
  • Location
    Coral Gables, Florida
  • Client
    Jose Garcia
  • Project Date
    Estimated completion 2024
  • Project Link

The landscape design of this residence brings about a well balanced ratio of built and unbuilt, thus designing this residence was a challenge as the Owners were very much into the hardscape and landscape of the residence.
Starting with the driveway, a combination of concrete and porphyry natural stone, both being sustainable materials which provide energy efficiency, long-life cycle and resilience following natural and man-made disasters, particularly in the hurricane prone area of South Florida. All the other hardscape materials are a natural limestone to cover all the outdoor floor surfaces and natural oolite stone used as retaining walls as the property reaches the water front.
Water elements were introduced as a pond at entry courtyard and rear swimming pool. The water feature pond at entry was designed to affect in the hot climate to moderate outdoor temperatures through the effects of evaporative cooling.
Plant material was carefully selected to use a large majority of native species and some that would attract birds and butterflies.
Gableshire is a residence that was designed with the particular mindset of a tropical design approach that creates joy and care of nature.

Florida licensed landscape architect Orlando Comas is nearing his fifty years enjoying a career in landscape architecture. He owns the compelling enthusiasm of creating outdoor environments for a select clientele. His dedication has taken him to South, Central America, the Caribbean and South Florida. Everyday he looks forward to his daily synthesis process of combining experience, the natural environment, new materials, and the pleasure of offering his clients fresh new ideas.

Other prizes
Selected Awards: Builders Assoc. of So. FLA 2007 Silver , 620 Ocea n Dr 2007 Platinum , Ocanos Resort 2010 Landscape Architect of the Year- AIA-Miami 2010 Award of Honor -ASLA - FLA - Private Residence 2013 American Society of Registered Architects-FLORIDA Gold - Omphoy Resort Silver - Private Res- M. Beach Silver - Private Res- Cocoplum Bronze - Private Res- M. Beach 2013 American Society of Registered Architects-NATIONAL Gold - Private Res- M. Beach Silver - Omphoy Resort Silver - Private Res- Hollywood 2014 Award of Honor -ASLA - FLA - Rare Gem 2018 Luxe Magazine - Reader's Choicer Award 2018 The Architecture Masterprize - Honorable Mention in Landscape Architecture / Residential 2019 Luxe Gold List Honoree 2020 Architecture MasterPrize - Residential Best of Best 2020 Luxe Magazine - Gold List 2021 Luxe Magazine - Gold List 2021 Architectural MasterPrize - Honorable Mention 2021 BLT Built Desig Award - Honorable Mention