2019 LightHouse Design Awards – Best Residential Architectural Design
Court Atkins Group Project Statement | Price Residence, 3 Copp Landing (Spring Island)
This traditional yet “playful” home design features primary living space in the center of the house with secondary and more private spaces located in the wings flanking the core to the left and right. The client’s vision was to allow these spaces to wrap around a central exterior courtyard to the rear of the home. Like their neighbors on Spring Island, our clients are partial to the untouched beauty of the island’s natural habitat, so the objective was to create a seamless flow from exterior to interior spaces.
The curved layout of the home is a distinctive design highlight. This curvilinear concept is the common thread woven throughout the floor plans. These include graceful beamed arches on the exterior of the entry porch and carriage house entrance, the curved front wall and winding staircase in the entry foyer and the interior beams arched across the great room. Additionally, curvilinear terraces, pools and planters are the centerpiece of the home’s exterior rear courtyard.
The goal of wrapping interior spaces around the exterior courtyard required a careful evaluation of the home’s circulation spaces, or flow. Our mission was to avoid the perception of an endless network of halls. Instead we proposed a series of interesting spaces that connect through an alluring procession, from traditional gathering spaces to intriguing intimate spaces.
Another aspect of this home design that required ongoing consideration and coordination was effectively positioning the house on the property to allow desired amenities on the rear terraces. We consulted closely with our landscape architect regarding this matter since many live oaks exist on this property and the natural grade falls off quite a bit from the front of the house to the back. The multi-level terraces of the rear courtyard had to accommodate the live oaks and their root systems, in addition to a firepit, swimming pool, and exterior access from multiple points of the house.
Finishing touches to the rear courtyard and terraces included planters and stairs that meander through the grade eliminating the need for excessive handrails which might obstruct stunning views of the marsh.