anna maria island, florida
This house sits on a remarkable site overlooking the Gulf of Mexico, with Egmont Key and Bird Key in the distance. Its location in a velocity flood zone was particularly challenging, requiring all living spaces to be 12 feet above ground. Walls below that height are required to break away if hit by a wave. The house is designed as a square plan, topped with a steeply pitched hip roof. The main living floor is a rectangle with porches on all four sides. Some of the porches have been "enclosed" by windows and shutters set on a blind handrail. To avoid the appearance of a large mass set on spindly pilings, the house is supported by a two-foot thick arcaded base, inspired by the train station on Boca Grande. Lifting the living floor above the ground enables spectacular views over the dunes to the Gulf beyond.