Project Name: Boca Grande Residence
Location: Boca Grande,
Landscape Architects - David
W. Young, ASLA
Contractor: Vision Horticulture, Inc.
on a narrow strip of land between the Gulf of Mexico and an inter-coastal
freshwater lagoon, the Boca Grande Residence serves as a family gathering spot and
seasonal escape for its Midwestern entrepreneurial owners. As such, the house was designed as two
distinct pavilions separated by an amenity level where the family could
gather. The elevated terrace level also
provides stunning views over the dune vegetation to the crystal waters and
magnificent sunsets of the Gulf of Mexico beyond.
project required a seamless connection from the lagoon across the private road
to the beachfront residence. Programmatically, the owner’s requested multiple
seating areas with entertaining space, lap pool and hot tub, a fountain, grill
area, beach and lagoon access, storage for sculling boats, beach shower,
pergola and outdoor restroom. The goal
was not only to satisfy the program requirements with a landscape expression perceived
as an extension of the architecture and site but, moreover, to do so in a dramatic
and memorable way.
challenge was to provide spaces that catered to the various program
requirements on a narrow site, where each home is built to their respective
side-yard setbacks. Additional site restraints included a high water table and direct
beachfront exposure with no buffer from the driving wind and salt spray, making
every material selection critical.
limited site is designed and controlled with a series of manipulations to blur
the north and south boundaries, providing separation between the large homes, while
accentuating the vast east and west vistas from lagoon to gulf yielding
dramatic spaces with a powerful sense of place. The man-made forms of the
architecture and natural features found within the surrounding landscape inspire
the texture and articulation of the materials.
The natural Callida limestone
used in the motor court was quarried locally, cut to specification and
installed with ribbons of zoysia grass to provide an organic expression of the
homes open board fenestration while each vertical column is carefully
articulated by a linear band of grass of equal proportion. This project
represents the first time the cut cap rock boulders had been used in this way.
features include an 8’x8’ greenwall of epiphytic ferns with ipe frame and a
grid of tillandsia species on stainless steel cable at the spiral stair. Each was
conceived as a composition – elevating the relationship between the built and
natural to an art form. The boardwalk leading beneath the house offers perhaps the
greatest surprise. Through acrylic
windows in the bottom of the lap pool, one is treated to prisms of dancing daylight
while views of the terrace activities above appear in watery distortion.
amenity level represents the heart of the project and offers a tropical
Shangri-La like ambiance, especially in the morning and evening light. The multi-level
terrace provides a variety of spaces including a slot edge lap pool, hot tub
and fountain with pergola, grill, lounge, sleeping terrace and seating areas
for memorable gatherings and quiet contemplation. The tight relationship between the indoor and
outdoor space is achieved through continuity of material, good circulation and direct
important, though not as dramatic, are the unseen conservation components of
the project. The age-old practice of water collection and recycling was
conceived and developed in the form a 6,000-gallon cistern. Due to the high water table and limited site the
cistern was formulated as an interconnected network of eighteen-inch pipes
placed just below the limestone motor court. The cistern collects water from
each roof shed and terrace via gutter and downspout.
The water passes through a
debris catcher at each downspout before it is allowed to pass into the cistern. The recycled water is then used for irrigation,
controlled by a Torro smart irrigation timer that makes automatic adjustments
based on local weather forecasts. The collected water is sent on a loop –
through the irrigation system to the terrace level plantings and then back
through the drain pipes at the bottom of the planter to the cistern below –
recycling the precious resource several times before it is lost to evaporation.
& Dinzinger - Jim
Horticulture - Damon
Cisterns, Inc. - Jack
Greg Wilson Group - Greg