Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Architectural masterpiece by Robert A. M. Stern in Seaside, Florida . . .

“It’s like a modern yacht—we had to think of how to get the maximum amount of space out of a minimum amount of floor area,” architect Robert A. M. Stern says of the three-story beach cottage he designed for Robert and Lisa Nesbitt in Seaside, Florida. The architect had to adhere to the community’s strict design requirements, which limit height, roof slope and materials.

On The Florida Coast, a Singular Structure Engages with its Site and Redefines the Beach. Architecture and Interior Design by Robert A. M. Stern Architects. Text by Gerald Clarke/Photography by Peter Aaron/Esto. Published April 2008 Read complete Architectural Digest article here: Making a Splash in Seaside

The kitchen’s pocket doors open to views of the town. Ann Sacks backsplash tiles. Urban Archaeology ceiling light. Conrad Roman shades. Wolf range.

The guest room off the entrance hall. Vaughan lamp. Stone-and-marble floor from Walker Zanger.

One of the children’s bedrooms has a whimsical built-in sleeping nook fit for a princess. Bedcovering, pillow and drapery print from Manuel Canovas. Brunschwig & Fils ticking. I published this photo on an earlier blog post and am so pleased that I found the original source.

The master bedroom opens onto a porch shown below. Bergamo chair and ottoman fabric. Sutherland bar table, with Giati chairs.

To support the porch roof, Stern conceived a dramatic single column. “The house is visible from the beach, and we wanted a gesture to make it stand out,” says Brewer. Sutherland furniture.

The south façade. Says Stern, “The house shows that the classical language of architecture can be as lively and fresh as any other.”
Images: Architectural Digest

Thanks for stopping by my beloved cottage for some over-the-top architecture by Robert A. M. Stern. I love the unkempt natural lawn. ♥Rosemary

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Mimi's Poor Blog said...

I visited Sea Side in 1993 and have never forgotten what a perfect town it is. Thank you for these images.

Stacey Snacks said...

This is where Henry and I go when we visit Fla. The Gulf Coast.
All the homes are FABULOUS.
Most of them are featured in Coastal or Souther Living Magazine.
I love the place and can't wait to visit again!

E said...

Heaven help them and their insurance co when hurricane seasons comes around...

Anonymous said...

Yes, that porch roof looks like a projectile... even for a tropical storm.