Located 100 yards south of the owner’s primary residence on Casey Key in Nokomis, Florida, the Boathouse was conceived as a space to congregate before and after boating in the Gulf of Mexico and as a place of retreat from the main house.
The second story features a large, oceanfront entertainment area, kitchen, bathroom, and control room, while the lower level offers storage for boat supplies and access to the interior elevator.
The design of the structure is a result of our client’s targets, which were established after the construction of the main residence. These include the following:
1. Minimize local construction
2. Rapid assembly on site
3. Energy efficiency + independence
4. Price control
These targets set us on our search for a construction system that could be primarily fabricated off-site and brought to the site whereby it would be “assembled”. Steel was selected as opposed to block and stucco as the primary system. Doors, windows, glass, etc. would be shipped in and bolted to the frame. Energy efficiency and independence were achieved by the use of Tesla solar panels and battery systems in order to provide nighttime electricity for cooling and lighting. The net result is a structure that is effectively off- grid.
Due to the orientation of the site and the desire for extensive glazing, Western heat gain had to be controlled. The owner’s fascination with moving structures and components lead us to incorporate ten hydraulically operated garage doors that are infilled with perforated aluminum panels. These panels can be shut when not in use and opened when desired. This system will cut heat gain and electrical usage by 40-70%, depending on perforation size and frequency. In an open position, the door/panels provide sun shading on the Eastern facing deck. The owner can control what doors are open and to what degree they are opened.