Located on a barrier island whose shape changes with each passing storm, the Seagrape House acts as an anchor, tethering the residents to their tenuous space between land and sea. As its distance to the coastline expands and recedes with the daily ebb and flow, the home invites new understandings of the landscape around it.
A poured-concrete structure, exposed selectively throughout the home’s interior, elevates the living spaces and points to the home’s permanence, built to resist the hurricane forces common in the Gulf of Mexico. Special elements — a thin strip of aluminum that points to the west, carvings in the cypress wall cladding that point to Veracruz and Tulum — draw connections to the vast geography beyond.
These moments of connection and observation fill the house. On the second story deck, tapered walls and ceiling funnel and amplify the sounds of the crashing waves. In the bedrooms, St. Jerome Boxes — built-in cypress windows that frame the sea — encourage a quieter, visual experience of the same ocean.
Made for sharing, the house’s common spaces feature an interplay of warm wood and bright colors with cool concrete and metal. On the roof, photovoltaic panels provide the bulk of the home’s energy needs. A few stories below, an ample deck looks over the beach, establishing yet another connection between house, land, and sea.