Fleischman Garcia Architecture - Planning - Interior Design
Project name: Culbreath Isles Residence
Project location: Tampa, Fla.
Square footage: 5,560
Total project cost (not land): $4 million
This custom home is located on a small island which is in an exclusive gated community in Tampa Bay. The main objective was to create a warm, inviting family home that functions for sophisticated entertaining, as well as for everyday life. The building site offered exceptional waterfront views, and taking full advantage of these became integral to the design. A secondary objective was to design a space that would showcase the client’s vast collection of paintings and sculptures.
A significant challenge was the site located in a V-zone, which required the structure to be designed to withstand 120-mph winds. The client wanted the home to be sophisticated with modern furnishings, while blending the architecture and the Western art collection. The desire to take full advantage of the view also presented challenges, with concerns about properly protecting the artwork, and privacy being chief among them.
Influence for the design was drawn from Frank Lloyd Wright. Floor-to-ceiling windows and stone columns wrapping from the outside-in allow for the convergence of the interior and natural worlds. The V-zone requirements led to the use of laminated glass with special details to minimize framing required for impact resistance. Artwork is displayed throughout the home using a gallery system that allows for ease of rotation. A large gallery off the main foyer is used for sculptures. For artwork protection and privacy concerns, a double roller-shade system is used.