Long recognized as the architectural genius, Addison Mizner is credited with bringing Spanish/Mediterranean Revival architecture to Boca Raton, Florida in the early 20th century. The enduring and recognizable design of barrel tile roofs, stucco walls and ornate finishing details are synonymous with the town and its architectural patriarch. In 2016, we are now asking the philosophical question “what endures and why?” Thoughtful analysis concludes that enduring architectural design is a true reflection of social and cultural values.


In Boca Raton, a renewed appreciation for simple modern lines, an abundance of glass and natural light and voluminous interior spaces have brought about an architectural revival. It’s no wonder Moderne Boca, Kolter’s new mid-town home community, is capturing attention at the corner of Military Trail and Spanish River Boulevard. Although it’s the latest interpretation of the innovative design, it was preceded by the prestigious One Thousand Ocean ultra-luxe condominium on the grounds of the Boca Raton Resort & Club, as well as its renovation of the Boca Beach Club.


Priced from the $580s, Moderne Boca is the first residential execution of modern design within reach for many area residents who were priced out of owning previous offerings. With 30 of the planned 75 residences nearing completion, it’s easy to see the finishing touches will clearly define the unique architectural styling.


In some design circles, modern architecture is said to create a virtual animation through the exterior finishes. The unique design characteristics are combined with the most innovative building materials to derive a relationship with the changing natural light. This subtle shift of shadows and colors, creates a sense of interaction with passers-by. Here are five exterior details at Moderne Boca, that contribute to this design execution:


5 Design Details of Today's Modern Architecture in Boca Raton


  • Consistent use of geometric shapes to define the exterior structures of the buildings. The structural elements themselves create hard shadows that accentuate the design concept throughout the day.
  • Rectangular entry structures anchored by sleek horizontal rod entry gates to mark the street side entrance to each individual residence. The silver grey bars provide a decorative element to the landscaped courtyard, while creating a sense of privacy from the neighboring residence.
  • The abundant use of exterior porcelain tile to create a contrasting color and texture to the building facades. The simulated wood in a gray tone shifts from dark to light based on the angle of sun, thereby resulting in a changing exterior color palette.
  • Elongated rectangular windows and smaller square windows are silhouetted against the stark white, smooth stucco with minimal trim. The windows are strategically located to fill the interior space with natural light, while becoming a key design element in the exterior elevation.
  • Single-floor terraces off the Owner’s Suites create another opportunity to integrate the linear design of the metal rod railings on each balcony. The slate grey silver railings accent the exterior porcelain tiles in a very sophisticated way. Wide third floor windows open to panoramic views of the Pondhawk Nature Preserves or the picturesque neighborhood streetscapes.


Moderne Boca is a one-of-a-kind offering that is designed to reflect the carefree spirit of today’s busy families and professionals, designed with the innovative architectural spirit of Addison Mizner. All three-story designs offer today’s energy-saving features, European-styled kitchens and many include private elevators. The community is located in the heart of Boca Raton, located just minutes from the most popular places in town.


To view the digital brochure for Moderne Boca, click here. Sales Gallery open daily, 10 am to 5 pm, 12 to 5 pm on Sundays, for an appointment, please call 561-300-6787.

5 Design Details Of Today’s Modern Architecture In Boca Raton