the US South West coast is well known for its numerous modern luxurious residences, and the River Road house designed by the team at Hughes Umbanhowar Architects is one of them.
This 12,300 sq ft residence is located in the small waterfront community of Sewall’s Point, a town situated on a peninsula at the eastern edge of Florida’s Martin County, 40 miles north of West Palm Beach.
Completed in 2008, the complex composition comprises a series of distinct, yet interlocking rectilinear volumes conjoined by a transparent longitudinal axis.
Positive volumes are balanced atop negative creating a heightened tension and intrigues. A glass-skinned through-way connects and distinguishes the two dominant volumes, or towers, capturing light and adding to the sense of interior capaciousness. Exterior glass, limestone, stucco and mahogany outline, augment and anchor what otherwise might be considered separate forms.
The interior primarily uses mahogany, Minnesota limestone, and plaster finishes. The Bulthaup kitchen is enhanced by a sliding window wall which opens to the exterior courtyard. Here and there spring some unexpected modern touches like the quirky red chandelier and other small spots of a brighter color palette, but somehow still follows with the design of the house.
Photos courtesy of Hughes Umbanhowar Architects
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