Located in Sarasota & Naples, Florida

Architecture License: AR 94536

Architecture Firm License: AA0003661

DSDG ARCHITECTS

Half-Light House

St. Armands Key, FL

Completed 2024

The Half Light House is a stunning modern residence located on the Gulf Coast boasting breathtaking views of Sarasota Bay. Designed with a tropical modern aesthetic in mind, the architecture is inspired by a simple 3×3 grid that deconstructs as you move from east to west.

The house has an L-shaped floor plan, which allows for a modified courtyard design to enhance the flow of natural light throughout the interior. The design features several large, strategically located glazed openings that offer flexibility and highlight the various gathering spaces within the house. Louvered shading systems are integrated into the design, which can be operated in multiple ways, allowing for filtered direct sunlight and maximizing north-facing ambient light. To further enhance the passive shading strategy, the concrete roof of the house extends beyond the building facade in specific locations to create deep overhangs that provide comfortable outdoor spaces and energy-efficient indoor spaces.

This contemporary dwelling features integrated structural elements that seamlessly blend with the architectural design to enhance the overall aesthetic appeal. The third-floor front elevation boasts a dramatic cantilever that is anchored by a steel V-shaped column, emerging from the reflecting pool below. From the bay side, the outdoor living deck extends beyond the grid frame, accentuated by the delicate appearance of the V-shaped column below.  As you navigate around the residence, these remarkable design elements converge to form a captivating structure.

The main living space features double-height glazing, with an open bridge hallway wrapping around above. These expansive glazed openings connect the interior spaces to the expansive outdoor living areas creating a seamless blend between the modern design and the natural tones of the material selection, such as the tile floods and simulated wood.

The roof deck is a true highlight of the Half Light House, offering expansive views of the bay, the city of Sarasota, and the Gulf of Mexico to the west. With its attention to detail, thoughtful design elements, and stunning location, the Half Light House is an exciting addition to the tropical modern architecture of Sarasota.

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