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Rowe Holmes Associates
D. E. Holmes, AIA
1980 AIA Tampa Bay - Merit Award
Conflicting attitudes between husband and wife over the question of "what a house should be" led to the development of this design. The husband had grown up in Louisiana amid the traditions of the antebellum architecture of the deep South. The wife, on the other hand, had spent he childhood in the pre-Castro Cuba and could recall the simplicity and openness of the tropical architecture of the Caribbean.
White stucco is the major building material, both inside and out. These surfaces are contrasted with terra-cotta tile floor and dark stained wood shutters. At the same time, a feeling of formality and order was developed through the strong axial arrangement of spaces and the rhythms of the white columns on the water front facade.
The juxaposition of floor levels from the open circulation "bridge" allow all rooms to orient toward the open bay to the east. Sliding glass doors, stacked two stories high along the entire east facade, afford the opportunity for capitalizing on the fresh brezzes from the bay. All glass is tinted and double-glazing is utilized throughout. A stairway extends from the Master Bedroom to an open roof deck overlooking the bay.
The West and North sides of the house are deliberately maintained as soilid facades to serve as a buffer from adjacent neighbors and to shield the interiors from the severe afternoon sun.