Did you know that Sarasota is a treasure trove of mid-century modern architecture? Here’s a look at some of the most interesting houses in Southern Florida.
Known for its breakaway from previously established schools, Modern architecture is hailed as a daring approach to shape, color, and flexibility within design. The area of Sarasota can trace its roots in architecture approximately 60 years back. The school of Architecture helped establish a fundamental modern design style that accommodated Florida’s weather. Darker colors were replaced with shades of white to create a natural contrast against the tropical greens of the lush landscape. Extra concrete shapes were cut for visual appeal and to make the buildings easier to cool. Design pieces such as unfinished wood and rare splashes of vibrant colors added a more natural feel to the aesthetics. Here are some examples of some local favorites, old and new.
The Umbrella House
This 50’s era home was designed by Paul Rudolph, who sought to build a house that aligned with Florida’s indoor/outdoor relaxed way of life. White and brown overlays establish an earthy organic color scheme. A canopy styled roof (where the building gets its name) provides shelter from sun and rain while enjoying the outdoor patio. This three -thousand-square-foot canopy of slatted wood almost floats above the house, patio, and pool.
Designed by Carl Abbot in the mid-80s, this house embraces both the simplicity of the Modern School and the drama of the Brutalism School. Expansive spaces and sharply cut shapes emphasize natural design details, such as a crystal blue pool, a wooden deck, and artfully placed flora in the front yard.
Following on the footsteps of Sarasota’s architectural predecessors this iconic tower, located in the heart of downtown Sarasota, hosts an edgy contemporary design scheme. The sharp cubed shapes that cut into the sky act as somewhat of a homage to the historical architectural heritage that surrounds it. The interior space utilizes a combination of sleek isometric styled furniture and natural design elements, such as wood paneling and metallic colors.
Sarasota’s newest iconic building, BLVD Sarasota, nearly halfway under contract, exhibits stunning modern architecture and panoramic views. Starting at $1.9 million with residences ranging from 3,630 sq. feet to 5,900 sq. feet, BLVD Sarasota is designed to accommodate residents with a select set of amenities, ranging from an infinity pool that overlooks the city, to an indoor golf simulator on the fifth level.
For more information, download our BLVD Sarasota Brochure here. If you’re in the area, stop by our Sales Studio, located at 1266 1st St. Suite 5, Sarasota, FL 34236.