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Danny Sorogon plays with architectural framing to create a home that’s a modern work of art.

The back of this Danny Sorogon-designed home features a second-floor frame and generous use of ipe wood. 

Architect Danny Sorogon adorned curtain windows with vertical slats.

The pool deck features a bale, a Balinese-style pavilion.

The home’s audacious exterior boasts an ipe frame and a cement-tile-clad cube that contains the master bedroom.  

The Mia Cucina kitchen surprises with an unexpected choice: an ample horizontal window as backsplash that echoes the clerestory window above the cabinetry.  

For North Miami Beach-based architect Danny Sorogon, the inspiration behind this ubermodern Golden Beach home started with an architectural walking tour of Chicago. He traversed a neighborhood filled with homes by the master Frank Lloyd Wright. “There was a journey of discovery with every home,” Sorogon says. “The front door wasn’t immediately visible when looking from the street.” One had to get closer and interact with the architecture.

And so the first impression of this home comes in rectangular forms and frames cantilevered atop one another in raw, natural materials. Both the front door and the frosted glass garage are tucked away on sidewalls as the eye is drawn to the home’s bold architectural strokes. The boldest? The enormous ipe wood frame arcing across the home from front to back, designed to look like a clamp holding in place a second-floor cantilevered cube clad in white three-dimensional cement cast tile. The master bedroom sits within that cube.

There are walls of glass framed by raw concrete and shaded by aluminum slates painted gold for an ephemeral interplay with light. “It’s like artwork. As you walk, the light moves. I like to play with negative and positive spaces,” Sorogon says, referencing the repetition of the aluminum slates in the home’s interiors, backyard and property fence.

As you walk up the floating marble stairs above a water feature to the front portico, a custom steel sculpture by Sorogon greets you before you realize that the front door is to your left. Inside, a floating mahogany staircase wraps up to the second floor, framed by an enormous skylight, which pours natural light across the open floor plan. While Sorogon prefers not to characterize the aesthetic as tropical modern (“I want to be different and create something original,” he says), the home’s flow between indoor and outdoor is as seamless as any representative houses built in that style.

His eye for artistic vignettes extends to the way he designed monumental windows, offering peekaboo frames of outdoor steel sculptures, seemingly hidden on the property’s side yards. Even the sleek Mia Cucina kitchen with flat lacquer cabinetry is designed with windows acting as the backsplash, flooding the room with light and framing his sculptural fence outside.

The back of the canalside home is distinguished by its liberal use of ipe wood for the pool deck and patio. To add to that tropical appeal, the property also retains five original royal palms that Sorogon saved during the construction process. A raw concrete gazebo straddles the swimming pool and a smaller hot tub. “I wanted it to feel like the floating docks you see in Bali,” Sorogon says. And with a raw concrete border framing the second-floor balcony, pocketing sliding glass doors and frameless glass railing, the rest of the home seems to float as well.