• Prize
    Honorable Mention in Architectural Design / Landscape
  • Company/Firm
    Orlando Comas, ASLA, PLA
  • Lead Designer
    orlando comas
  • Architect
    Orlando Comas, ASLA, PLA
  • Location
    Miami Beach, Florida, United States
  • Project Date

This project’s most significant challenges were design code requirements to be met. (1) Florida’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) regulation required that all sand from excavation of piles, pile caps, spa, and pool must remain within the site. (2) meet City of Miami Beach building code required all construction east of the Coastal Construction Line be break-away. Break-away is a wall or other material used as retention walls that is not part of the structural support of the building and is intended to collapse under specific lateral loading forces without causing damage to the building or its foundation system to which they might be carried by floodwaters. (3) City code requirement to keep all runoff waters within the site.

The landscape architect used natural south Florida oolite stone, which did not need piles or foundations, to create different layers of retaining walls which allowed space to place all the excavated fill. The first layer of stone retaining walls was placed away from the property lines to allow space for contours to form slopes which would direct runoff and filter it as it as it deposit into swales.

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