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AWARD-WINNING ARCHITECT RONEY MATEU DISCUSSES HIS DRIVE TO DESIGN

Roney Mateu used his signature minimalistic approach for his property designs at Botaniko Weston.

“I look at how to solve problems and meet my clients’ needs, no matter their budget. I have a very minimalist approach to design. How can we take what is given to us and make great things as simply and frugally as we can?” This nod toward minimalism is what makes Mateu a perfect fit for his latest project, Botaniko Weston.

“By employing a minimalist vocabulary of modern forms, we let the tropical climate and landscape — and the lifestyle they have engendered — come to the foreground, with our buildings as a framework for the rituals of daily life.”

“These houses are almost ‘breathing,’ with air flowing in and out; sometimes, the only separation between the outside and inside is a glass wall,” he says. “That is what will set this project apart.”