Kiawah Island, South Carolina
The home sits on the low, heavily wooded peninsula of a coastal barrier island, surrounded by tidal marshes. The design objective was to achieve height for vistas and spiritual exhilaration, yet to establish a strong sense of anchoring, a connectedness to the contours, textures, and plant life of the specific, natural site. This anchoring and unification is achieved through the stair tower that springs from the dunes to provide vertical access to all levels, and, ultimately, the observation post above the trees. Climbing and turning up the stair, one is exposed to changing orientations and diverse views of forest, marsh, and the ocean beyond the tree line.