House on the Gulf of Mexico II Casey Key, FL

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The compound occupies a narrow strip of land near Sarasota, Florida, with borders on two bodies of water, Little Sarasota Bay to the east the Gulf of Mexico to the west. An old coast guard station was located there, and the dormitories and a large dock still remained. The site stretches east-west, dividing into a series of precincts that create a series of intimate, changing landscapes as one moves from gulf to bay. On the gulf side, the coast guard dormitory was remade into a guest cottage. The building sits on grade, and enjoys an intimate beach view, amid wild seagrass and seagrapes and sandy groundcover. The main house sits in the middle precinct, on tall piers to withstand extreme climatic conditions, enveloped in a tropical woodland landscape. The building commands long-distance views in both east and west directions, and hovers over the ground, touching down only at the glass-enclosed vestibule and at the termination of a ramp that stretches toward the bay. Along the bay's edge, a low citrus grove grid abuts the pool house, pool and terrace, which forms its own geometric shape.


Principal: Toshiko Mori
Project Team: Dwayne Oyler


Photographs © Paul Warchol

Location Casey Key, FL
Owner Private Residence
Program Residential New Construction
Size 10,400 sq ft