Stately and unique, this striking modern home transcends architectural stereotypes to create the perfect blending of panache and functionality. “There is not one wall, window, or piece of hardware that does not serve a purpose,” describes Jonathan Parks, Principal of the firm Jonathan Parks Architect. Indeed every effort has been made by the design team of Jonathan Parks AIA, Architect; Chris Leader, Punit Patel, and Aris Montiel to ensure that this is a home where one can truly live, work, and play. The durable exterior is constructed of insulated glass windows and doors connected by poured-in-place concrete and steel framing.
Despite being located in an enclave amongst the Gulf of Mexico and Sarasota Bay, this particular property lacks a view of the water. To remedy this, and accentuate the area’s coastal lifestyle, the home’s floor plan was designed to wrap around the pool area. In fact, a connection to water is a thread woven throughout the entire house: stepping-stones at the entryway lead over a reflecting pond — the entrance hall itself acting as a bridge. All the main spaces pivot around the pool, including the entry, living room, kitchen, outdoor area, library, master bedroom, and circulation areas. “Daily rituals, ranging from rising in the morning and preparing meals to returning home, consistently achieve the owner’s desire to view water from both public and private spaces,” describes Parks.
The home’s gallery manages to capture and direct natural light for the pleasing display of sculpture and artwork. “My firm believes the most efficient light bulb is the one you never have to turn on. We study lighting and the movements of the sun with the goal of bringing natural light into all spaces — from the principle rooms to the closets,” adds Parks. The gallery not only connects the three levels of the house but also serves to link the private side of the home to the public areas.
Crisp, clean and contemporary, the home’s kitchen island is open to both the living area and the all-glass dining room beyond. Top-of-the-line Wolf and Sub-Zero kitchen appliances are hidden from view. Pure white cabinets and Pompeii Quartz countertops are accentuated by the contrast of a multi-grey, honed bullet mosaic backsplash from Fischer Tile. A white vase and black and grey accessories from Calligaris complete the look.
Located along one edge of the pool, the living room is the center of the house for both interior and exterior entertaining. Smooth finished, all-natural limestone floors offer an air of elegance while creating an inviting gathering spot for guests to converse and enjoy the beauty of outside spaces — while still comfortably indoors.
The design of the library was based on a conversation with the owners to provide an area that was both intimate and expansive at the same time. “Our solution was to create a space that was small in scale but activated by views to the outside,” says Parks. Further increasing the home’s openness and functionality, the walls of glass push aside, blurring the indoor/outdoor boundary between pool and terrace, gallery and library.
The simple and serene master bath supplies a delineation of all the separate functions. The room’s shower continues to the outside where an outdoor shower provides an unexpected indulgence.
Directly adjacent to the kitchen is a covered exterior terrace that can be used year round. Perfectly positioned to witness both sunrise and sunset views, this space offers the owners an area for private dining and outdoor living.
The rectangular-shaped pool is the exterior focal feature of the home. Taking full advantage of the Florida climate, the house embraces the outdoor room and pool, but the transparency of the design defines this ultra-modern residence.
The open courtyard allows natural beauty to take center stage, revealing its allure differently to each area of the home. This connection to nature, combined with the flow of the house around the pool, achieves a harmony not typically found in modern architecture.
“We have never designed or built the same house twice,” says Parks. This fervent dedication to uniqueness is what elevates the property beyond normal expectations and into the realm of the extraordinary. “It is hugely important to me that we are able to bring our client’s vision to life — but true architecture must go beyond that to become art,” concludes Parks. Indeed, a new and vivid canvas has come to life with the formation of this innovative and eye catching design.
Written by Marci Wise
Photography by The Greg Wilson Group
Jonathan Parks Architect
1471 5th Street
Sarasota, FL 34236
741 Central Avenue
Sarasota, FL 34236