SOLSTICE Planning and Architecture
Located on a Siesta Key canal, this three-bedroom home articulates three narratives, combining scale with context, material with form, and space with light. The challenge was to provide a sustainable, cohesive design for the home, pool, and landscape all interwoven within this subtropical site.
Honoring the existing natural elements of the canal front property, the architect designed a floor plan to coexist among thirty protected live oak trees and the adjacent canal.
The sequence of arrival to the property begins from a protected oak tree canopy road. This covered intimate experience then changes to open up to an entry courtyard flooded with natural daylight. At the front door, water elements emerge as a fundamental feature of the house; a clean-lined koi pond greets visitors.
Inside, the openness of the house forms an ideal setting for entertaining. The living, dining room, and kitchen flow seamlessly into one another and continue to the rear terrace. From this sequence of public spaces, the floor plan purposely progresses to semi-public, semi-private, and finally private areas.
The Client requested that the house be designed to include as much natural daylight as possible. Sliding glass doors, windows and skylights bring daylight into every room - even closets and pantries.
Through the use of detailed design elements with a focus on nature, the home enhances its setting and is a partner with it. Achieving LEED Gold certification by carefully balancing passive design elements, this home goes back to basics with true sustainability using natural daylighting, overhangs for shade, natural ventilation, local materials, and a sympathy with the subtropical site.