Boca Grande

Boca Grande

Gasparilla Island, Florida 


Set in the maritime forest of a coastal barrier island, the site is a small peninsula surrounded on three sides by tidal wetlands. It offers a long view to the east toward the Atlantic Ocean and closer, secondary views of a tidal inlet to the south.

The texture and articulation of the materials is inspired by the natural forms found in the surrounding landscape; the gentle curve of the dunes, the delicate filigree of the palm fronds, the articulation of light as it passes thru the shading canopy of the native sea grapes. This approach to materiality is manifested throughout the entire project; from the simple, yet elegant beach-bungalow inspired finishes to, most noticeably, the treatment of the exterior layer of house.

This exterior wall system is constructed as a series of layers pulled away from the mass of the structure that lighten the visual weight of the structure, while inviting light and air to flow. The outermost layer of the wall system is an ipe, left natural to gray out over time and blend into the lush surroundings.

The residence embodies the narrow barrier island's inclination to protect while hovering between Gulf and Sound, and finds its place among lush vegetation as a vehicle for light, passage, and retreat between the expansive Gulf and the contained Sound.The architecture blurs the boundaries between inside and out, creating an experience of layers in which one finds refuge, always veiled in awareness of the surrounding ocean, sound, sand, breezes, and sun.