Located in Sarasota & Naples, Florida

Architecture License: AR 94536

Architecture Firm License: AA0003661


Indlu Lamanzie

Sarasota, FL

Home on the water, the Zulu translated title of the newest residence on St. Armands Key. A 5,650 square foot residential compound has a bold presence on both street and waterfront elevations. Strong architectural features protrude toward the street to define and divide spatial areas while drawing guests into its forecourt. Climb up the feature floating staircase to find the entrance of the residence and opulent Great Room.

Inside, oak flooring and live slab wood table tops bring warm tones to the modernly stark appointed living room. A free-standing feature wall separates the living from dining areas in the open Great Room as the ceiling heights vary in adjacent rooms to create an intricate exterior building silhouette. The Great Room is amplified with twelve foot tall sliding glass doors topped with a clerestory band to fill the space with light. Opening the doors allows the party to flow outside to a covered patio space overlooking a large pool and spa, beachscaped yard, and coastal waters beyond.

The rear of the residence faces an island preserve natural backdrop. The basin between the house and island serves as a deep water mooring for sailboats that peacefully tack in the breezes. The windows and functions facing this serenity unwind occupants like the master bedroom suite, home office space, and living rooms to decouple the stresses of commercial life. Corner sliding glass doors remove the notion of a visual corner as the room could continue as the doors open. Like the interior, wood ceiling elements and vertical wood feature walls warm the stark grey and white exterior as tropical sand, palms, and plantings bring beach vibes to pool side living. A glassed observation deck on the roof gives the owners a better view of the island preserve to the east and a view of sunsets over the Gulf every evening to the west.

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