Interiors of Ocean Drive apartment by MW Works in Miami, Florida

MW Works uses dark wood and sandy walls for interiors of Ocean Drive apartment in Miami Beach

American studio MW Works has converted and refurbished a large beachside apartment on Ocean Drive in Miami Beach, Florida, using tropical hardwood and sand-coloured plaster.

The studio knocked together two units in a new high-rise building to create a home for a family of six relocating from Seattle.

Media room of Ocean Drive apartment by MW Works in Miami, Florida
Living areas feature plaster walls and concrete floors

Materials were chosen to make the most of the quality of light and views of the seashore.

"The irregular surface of the plaster highlights the changing quality of light throughout the day and lends a softness to private spaces," said MW Works.

Dining area of Ocean Drive apartment by MW Works in Miami, Florida
Dark tropical hardwood in the dining area

The Ocean Drive apartment's five bedrooms are placed around the perimeter and decorated in a paler palette, while the kitchen and dining areas in the middle are darker and moodier.

"Bedroom volumes are treated in pale, sandy tones of hand-troweled plaster reflecting natural light deep into the floor plate," said the studio

"The heart of the unit is clad in dark tropical hardwood with careful detailing emphasising mass and craft."

Kitchen of Ocean Drive apartment by MW Works in Miami, Florida
Plaster and dark wood in the kitchen

Wide wooden planks form the floors. Handles and light switches are set into the doors and walls to create an uncluttered atmosphere.

In the living room and media room, pale concrete floor slabs and a plastered ceiling bounce light around from the floor to ceiling glazing. Balconies overlook a stretch of beach with Miami Beach's signature lifeguarding huts.

Children's bedroom of Ocean Drive apartment by MW Works in Miami, Florida
The home is for a family of six

Gauzy curtains and earthy-coloured rugs continue the highly textured, refined yet beachy aesthetic of the apartment on Ocean Drive.

"Woven baskets and patterned floor coverings add a layer of softness," said MW Works. "Amongst the neutral canvas varied shades of blue, orange and red respond to the native flora and fauna of southern Florida."

Master bedroom of Ocean Drive apartment by MW Works in Miami, Florida
Bas relief texture in the master bedroom

In the master bedroom, the headboard wall dividing the bed area from the bathroom has a detailed geometric pattern in bas relief.

"This design opportunity grew out of the client's extensive travel in the middle east and their interest in mathematical patterns," said MW Works.

"Working with the craftspeople who would install it, we developed a pattern and a fabrication procedure to create an abstracted surface to catch the morning light."

Bathroom of Ocean Drive apartment by MW Works in Miami, Florida
The Miami apartment has ocean views

In an alcove off the entry hall an LED lighting system casts shadows through a small garden that track with the movement of the sun throughout the day. At night, one of the bathrooms lights up with an approximation of moonlight.

Based in Seattle, MW Works was founded in 2007 by Steve Mongillo and Eric Walter. The studio often works with natural textures, cladding a cabin in Washington with blackened cedar and using reclaimed timber for a home in Seattle.

Photography is by Kevin Scott.


Project credits:

Architecture and interiors: MW Works
General contractor: Dowbuilt
Local contractor: Woolems
Engineer (MEP): Shamrock Engineering
Engineer (low volt): Visual Acoustics
Engineer (structural): PCS Structural Solutions
Lighting: Niteo
Furnishings: Studio DIAA; Matt Anthony Designs
Carved Countertops: The Vero Stone
Plaster (walls, master headboard): Cathy Connor Studio C
Wood (casework, floor, ceiling): Dowbuilt
Metal (casework, hardware, patinas): Dowbuilt
Interior landscape garden: Formaneta
Custom concrete: John Dietrich
Metals: Argent

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Interiors of Ocean Drive apartment by MW Works in Miami, Florida
Interiors of Ocean Drive apartment by MW Works in Miami, Florida
Interiors of Ocean Drive apartment by MW Works in Miami, Florida
Interiors of Ocean Drive apartment by MW Works in Miami, Florida
Interiors of Ocean Drive apartment by MW Works in Miami, Florida
Interiors of Ocean Drive apartment by MW Works in Miami, Florida
Interiors of Ocean Drive apartment by MW Works in Miami, Florida
Interiors of Ocean Drive apartment by MW Works in Miami, Florida
Interiors of Ocean Drive apartment by MW Works in Miami, Florida
Interiors of Ocean Drive apartment by MW Works in Miami, Florida
Interiors of Ocean Drive apartment by MW Works in Miami, Florida
Interiors of Ocean Drive apartment by MW Works in Miami, Florida