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SOLSTICE Planning and Architecture

Compass House is so named because the project is carefully set onto a peninsular lot within Sarasota Bay on a north/south axis. The existing lot orientation is surrounded by three canals with panoramic water views.

The Owner’s design goal was that of a minimalist home, built beyond the code in terms of structure, systems, and performance in order to reduce energy usage and risks related to hurricanes. The critical role that sustainable building systems played in the design of this house include the use of; Solar Energy, Bio-based Renewable Materials, Water Collection & Irrigation, Data & System Integration, Efficient Indoor Air Purification and Thermal Comfort.

The multiple water vistas defined the layout of the house and the placement of the pool. The majority of windows face east away from neighboring structures. The home design includes multiple artwork display areas, so consideration was given to controlling natural daylight and the indoor environment. During the day all the major rooms have water views. At night when the natural vistas disappear and the pool is illuminated, water is still the central visual element along the rear elevation facing eastward.

The minimalist design goals also translated to how the landscaping was master planned and installed. Only Florida-friendly, drought-tolerant plants are used and roof run-off is collected into cisterns where rainwater services irrigation requirements for the landscaping on the property. Rain water is managed through low-slope swales with “fluffed” earth to speed absorption. A bay-friendly maintenance program helps uphold local waterway integrity.
The envelope is ultra-insulated and is in the top 1% of all Energy Star homes. An optimized solar array furthers conservation efforts. This home is LEED Platinum Certified, EnergyStar Certified, EPA Indoor Air + Certified and Certified Zero Energy.