Often situated close to water or among attractive natural surroundings, resort areas call for a certain style of residence. Houses are frequently large and set on sprawling grounds, but there is a sense of relaxation reflected in the architecture.
Influences from Spanish, Moroccan and Italian architecture help to capture an atmosphere of leisure in this house, which is located in a private resort area off the coast of Georgia, says architect William Harrison of Harrison Design Associates.
"The vernacular of the house is appropriate, as the Spanish were the first Europeans to live in the area. For the entry, we created a loggia with spiral columns and a terrace above, which opens from a bedroom. The stair hall inside has a double-height window, visible from outside. This adds to the light, open look."
The patterned ceiling and terra cotta floor in the entry hall is directly influenced by Moorish architecture, where geometric shapes are used to create visual texture. The entry hall features curved corners and arched doorways that lead into the library, main stairwell, and ahead to the formal living room.
"The level of detail in the foyer is very intricate. The archways are tiled in terra cotta, with a wood frame that matches the ceiling. All the materials, furniture and fixtures in this house were sourced or designed by a local company, Island Design & Architectural Center, which uses the house as a show home," says project architect Bulent Baydar.
The open archways are echoed in the living room, where a series of arches gives a visual connection to a sunroom beyond, which in turn links to the outdoor area, again via arched doors.