Project Category: Residential
Project Name: Bird Key Residence
Date of Completion: December 2010
DWY Landscape Architects - David W.
Contractor: Critter Ridge Landscape Contractors - Steve Nielsen, President
Key, which lies just minutes from the City of Sarasota, is the smallest habitable
barrier island within Sarasota’s beautiful coastal waters.
site itself presented several challenges including frigid winter winds, salt
spray and elevation changes. The myriad
of jurisdictional regulation included zoning restrictions limiting the height
of vertical improvements and connecting new V-zone construction with the
existing non-conforming structure within the FEMA regulated high velocity zone,
city requirement to preserve water views from adjacent residences and HOA
regulations that seemed at odds with all of the above.
The design process began by studying
the site, existing architecture and acknowledging the temporal nature of
environmental conditions for the ephemeral spaces that were to be created. Natural qualities of light, temperature, wind
and water are woven together to form functional architectural spaces that accentuate
the site’s location, views and climate in simple, elegant ways.
Although the limits of work were solely for
the back and side-yard areas, programming included a
water wall, water garden, lap pool, spa, seawall, dining terrace, pavilion,
pergola, outdoor kitchen, linear fireplace and hidden shower - each carefully addresses the natural
qualities of the site, yielding spaces precisely honed for each function. Every element is
reduced to its essence for an understated quality achieved through the
distillation of each component expressed with the simplest geometry.
This design exemplifies the team’s ability
to achieve the owner’s goal and execute an inspired design that creates harmonious
relationships between the built and natural environment. The project’s success can be measured by the beautiful
spaces created and the owner’s comment that, "it’s better than she could have
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