Moon Tide Retreat

Moon Tide Retreat

 

Kiawah Island, South Carolina 

 

A remote observatory, the architecture of this private residence mediates between the tidal marsh to the north and the brackish pond to the south and west. The peninsula is accessed down a long drive, encroached on either side by indigenous planting to naturally blend with the existing landscape. Grounding vertical elements of the structure gradually reveal themselves behind the live oaks, the roots of which helped preserve the dunes as land between the maritime environments. The drive penetrates the main facade via the porte-cochere, a threshold to the motorcourt, which is enclosed on three sides. The fourth side is left open as a framing element to the pond as seen from the elevated main living spaces and connecting gallery. The pond, a delineated body of water, is the framed view on two sides while large expanses of glass offer uninterrupted panoramic vistas of the long marsh edge of the Kiawah river. A linear lap pool connects the main home to the guest lodge visually yet a winding boardwalk is the physical journey between the two. That boardwalk continues past the guest lodge into the landscape, offering views back to the house and terminates where nothing but nature is seen. The second floor offers guest rooms that either view or open directly to the green roof. The green roof is the main observation deck for the home in its quest to engage nature. It is planted with natural vegetation and ornamented with driftwood to directly reflect its surrounding marsh environment. The comforts of the residence are contrasted with the turbulent and shifting nature of the environment in which it is set. Offering a better understanding of nature and ones role within it.