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    AIA Tampa Bay Design Awards 2016
Sebastian Design
This lovely home site had been vacant for years.  The platted, but narrow, lot of record required a zoning variance to enable us to integrate with the stately homes on Tampa’s Bayshore Blvd.  Our design challenge was to develop a premier home on a 60’ corner lot and to comply with FEMA constraints.

Our initial solution to the program requirements was to place the family activity services (kitchen, living and dining rooms) on the 2nd level.  This mitigated the streetscape distractions of Bayshore and provided a clear, open view of Hillsborough Bay.

By detaching the garage we were able to expand and frame a private courtyard/garden, ample enough for a pool and other outdoor family activities.  The 1st floor bedrooms, home office and recreation rooms fully integrate with the outdoor space via 20’ of folding patio doors. 

This 3 story home is accented with vertical elements.  However, the modern visual regulation is dominated by the strong horizontal lines of the roof and floor diaphragms.  These elements effectively shade the window and door glazing.  Particularly on the southern courtyard exposure.  The western façade is shielded by the elevator shaft and existing mature tree canopy. 

The primacy of the view takes precedence on the East.  For efficiency we incorporated glazing systems with a low solar heat gain coefficient.  We have included recessed valance pockets and electronics for additional solar shading.

The 3rd floor Master suite is like a penthouse facing the eastern horizon.  The extended cantilever salutes the morning sun and exhilarates the residents with brilliant and dynamic views.  The program was further expanded by including a 680 sq. ft. rooftop deck with fireplace for morning coffee or evening entertaining.  This is a Modern Urban infill project displaying a forward vision for Tampa.