The Wabi Sabi House sits on the backwater of South Creek in Osprey Florida, on a large lot filled with cabbage palms and Australian pines. . As potters and dealers of midcentury modern furniture, its ascetic of unfinished block, exposed formwork, and clear galvalume siding are a testament to the client’s appreciation of material and craft. Materials are left in their natural state as a way of expressing the process and “hand” of the builders. Much like the fingermarks on a hand thrown vessel, the wood grain of the forms is impressed into cast-in-place beams, as is the regular mark of the form ties. Cypress ceilings, and cork and plywood floors brings a warmth and depth, which serves as a counterpoint to the armature of masonry and concrete holding the living and working areas up above the base flood elevation.
Seated on a large site, the living quarters and the separate pottery studio are pushed to the edges thereby creating a bounded open area in the middle which rolls down to the water. Each interior space borrows from this space to expand its sense of openness and connection to the exterior.Award: AIA Florida Gulf Coast Chapter Merit Award for New Construction, Residential.