Modern architecture in Jacksonville, Florida
This house was designed for a 30’ wide footprint on a narrow riverfront lot in Jacksonville, Florida. Challenges were to provide optimum river scenery and proportionate interior spaces.
A curved concrete plane bisects the house and extends 46’ in height. On the river side of this wall is the “lens” that is the river facing, steel framed window wall that bows outward and extends three stories high and the full width of the house. On the convex, front side of the wall plane, exposed timbers radiate out of the wall in a helical configuration. This helical roof is clad in nickel roof panels that terminate at the curved parapet wall. A curved, 35’ long concrete canopy cantilevers over the front porch. Above and flanking the entry porch canopy are two tower elements with arc shaped, nickel clad cap roofs over iridescent tile bands.
The basement afforded an additional story of riverfront views but entailed a vigorous dewatering scheme. The subterranean spaces afforded energy savings by reducing the heating/cooling loads and they provided concealment of the garage doors through the use of tunneled turnaround space.