This design of this residence is intended to define a unique approach to Southern vernacular modernism for a coastal site. The classic imagery of breezeways, verandas, terraces, porches, wood shutters, and stucco covered masonry walls has been reinterpreted. A clear and well ordered relationship of structure, enclosure, shelter and landscape create a choreographed sequence of interlocking interior and exterior spaces. The main house is a tall open gabled rectangle with two 20′x20′ cubes on either side of a 12′ wide breezeway. On approach, a visual axis through the open center “hall” leads through the breezeway aligning with an outdoor fireplace. The whole composition recalls the rural vernacular Southern “dogtrot” and “saddlebag” house concepts. The outer shell of the main house is natural lime stucco covered concrete masonry alluding to the imagery of ancient ruins, while the inner space is expressed as a light slatted wood cabana. The contrast between heavy vs light, thick vs thin, and opaque vs louvered amplifies the experience of both. Like a Southern farmhouse, the rear “ell” wing contains an open kitchen, dining, and living space with a simple wood framed shed roof resting on solid stucco covered concrete walls. The most private part of an L-shaped plan is the inner corner, which contains two stacked master suites as a place of rest. The outer most ends of the plan are the most open and public spaces. Views are focused onto the landscape and terraces defined by the L-shaped plan, and sunlight bathes the interiors throughout the day.

Design: 2010-2011