This oceanside site on a steep slope will accommodate a family compound constructed with sustainable local materials. Three new houses are planned: a primary residence (upper left on the site model), a guest house (center right) and a caretakers' residence (lower right).
The site includes a sandy cove beach and large boulders along the shore and scattered throughout the property. The houses will be nestled among these spectacular rocks, embracing both the terrain and the view.
It serves as an experiment to explore whether commonly used building materials with high carbon or toxicity footprints -- concrete, steel, aluminum, etc. -- can be substituted by more sustainable products. The preference is for local materials, starting with stone and wood from the site itself.
Each material will be evaluated for its impact on the environment. The goal is to build a comfortable, beautiful home with a significantly lower environmental footprint than conventional construction.
Sketches for the main residence are shown to the left. This building includes an open living / dining / kitchen area with outdoor terraces, three bedroom suites, an office, a poolside cabana, two staff bedrooms, storage, and parking.
This compact house will serve as the guest house for the oceanside Rochas Floridas family compound.
Constructed primarily of local wood, including wood from the site and sustainably harvested tropical hardwoods, the house nestles against dramatic cascading rocks on one side and opens to the ocean view on the other.
The house will be hidden from its initial approach via a bridge leading to a roof terrace. An outdoor staircase spirals around an existing palm tree to the open living / dining floor with outdoor terraces. Below, two master suites are located in "drawers" cantilevered over the terrain, while a "bunk room" with bath accommodates four.
This small building will house the caretaker's family and infrastructure for maintenance. Sight lines allow visibility of the driveway entrance from the top floor with open living / dining /kitchen. The floor below accommodates three bedrooms and two baths. A large garage with workshop and storage for maintenance equipment is at the lowest level.
The building follows the site, with the garage hidden from view from the driveway by a large steep boulder.