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Site plan showing ground level (bottom) and amenity terrace (above).

Looking south along the private community road that leads to this home, large existing curved coconut palms were relocated along each side to create a distinct sense of entry and reinforce the tropical setting.

The densely layered planting of palms and bamboo provide privacy and regional context.

The dramatic motor court of Callida limestone paving is inspired equally by the architectural screen walls and Florida’s Karst topography. It provides a pervious garden setting while concealing a 6,000 gallon cistern and LP gas tank below.

Graphic illustrating the location of the cistern below the motorcourt and the water collection and re-use system.

The in-line debris catcher – a part of the water collection and re-use system - located for easy maintenance.

Local limestone was used to create a stacked-stone wall that is designed to meet Florida’s coastal frangibility requirements. Planted with local epiphytes, this regionally inspired green-wall marks the threshold of the motorcourt.

Below the residence, a boardwalk set in crushed shell connects the entry garden to the private beach. Vessel plantings and peekaboo views of the upper terrace through the bottom of the pool maintain a link to the natural environment.

Detail image of the view from the boardwalk through the bottom of the pool to the private deck above showing a hint of what lies above.

A view from the boardwalk over the regenerated dune planting.

A gridded composition of tillandsia on stainless steel cable (far left of image) at the spiral stair elevates the connection between the built and natural while highlighting something that is found everywhere but that is rarely noticed.

The multi-level terrace was designed for various activities and to take advantage of the view. The terrace sits between the two pavilions connecting the private living areas and guest bedrooms. This central location provides screening from the adjacent homes.

This elevated space features planting beds surrounding the acrylic-bottom lap pool, fountain and spa. A pergola spans the pool and extends the architecture to this outdoor room, providing a veil from the tropical sun.

On the upper terrace, native materials including oolite stone and peperomia tolerate the harsh marine environment, contributing to the regional aesthetic of the design.

The central gathering space at dusk. Expansive pocketing glass doors (to the left) connect the interior and exterior.

Little Gasparilla  

Through careful study of the site and close collaboration between the owners and design team, the landscape architecture of this vernacular...

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