Editor’s notice: Whereas Harold Bubil takes a while off, we’ll reprise a few of his fashionable columns. This column initially ran on Nov. four, 2017.
Paul Rudolph designed a number of of them on the barrier islands, together with the Cocoon Home on Siesta Key and the influential Walker Visitor Home on Sanibel Island.
The little buildings, constructed for rich purchasers with bigger homes on roomy parcels, offered ample alternative for experimentation. In spite of everything, there was not quite a bit in danger, both in land or supplies.
The Cocoon Home has a concave-shaped roof coated with the identical materials used to mothball ships after World Warfare II. It has since been re-roofed.
The Walker Visitor Home has wall panels that may be raised or lowered with ropes and pulleys, and a community of exterior supporting posts and beams that impressed one author to explain it as “a spider on the sand.”
Soar forward 50 years and Sarasota architect Jerry Sparkman created what has turn out to be an iconic visitor home for the 21st century. The Casey Key Visitor Home capitalizes on the latest pattern to make use of convex roofs, and has been featured in architectural publications each native, nationwide and worldwide.
The roof seems like a wave, curling across the two-story residing house, which is elevated above the flood zone alongside the shore of Little Sarasota Bay. Help is offered by Glulam beams, which additionally perform as posts and make the roof and north wall a single unit.
Downstairs is a foremost room with kitchenette and toilet. Upstairs is a sleeping loft with three beds that appears down on the primary room. A porch is sheltered by the large curving overhang.
After I visited the home in 2013, Sparkman mentioned the home is so fashionable that different purchasers wished copies. He has refused these requests.
“Folks will steal something if they’ll discover it on the Web,” mentioned Sparkman. “So whereas publicity was good at one stage, it was contributing different issues we had no expertise with.
“On the flip aspect, it has attracted some purchasers who admire it, wish to know one thing about it, after which they wish to see how design could make their residing areas work,” mentioned Sparkman. “One consumer within the Panhandle noticed this home in Dwell. He obtained impressed. We took concepts from this and made it work for what his household’s wants are.
“It’s wonderful what one or two good initiatives may also help folks envision.”
The Casey Key Bay Home is a part of a three-house compound, together with a second small construction that is named the Casey Key Seaside Home. It, too, has received design awards.
For the Bay Home, Sparkman opened the wave-like roof to the south, offering bay views and in addition privateness from a neighboring home simply to the north.
“You assume you’re all by your self,” mentioned Sparkman. “You don’t even know the opposite home is there.”
Editor’s notice: “Florida Buildings I Love” is former actual property editor Harold Bubil’s homage to the state’s constructed setting. This text initially ran on Nov. four, 2017.