Rast Residence
St. Johns County, Florida 1999

Located on a 100 feet by 100 feet corner lot of a “beachy” residential area between the Atlantic Ocean and the Tolomato River, the property consists of dense coastal vegetation and is extremely low which makes the site susceptible to flooding. The building’s footprint is minimized to preserve the site’s natural vegetation. The design evolved into a simple parti synonymous with a boat being placed in a “dry dock.” The longitudinal section of the building with its exposed structural elements becomes a “hull like” component resting on its ends within the masonry load-bearing “cradle” bookends. The design is deliberate in its cantilevering and bridging expression to reinforce separation from the ground plane.

AIA Florida - 1999 Unbuilt Honor Award
AIA Tampa Bay - 1999 Unbuilt Honor Award