Located in Florida, the Casey Key Guest House was designed by Sarasota-based firm TOTeMS Architecture. The owner requested a design that was a “house in the trees”, including one bedroom, bath, and living area with kitchenette.
The guest residence, located on a barrier island, is set within a mature oak hammock along Sarasota Bay. The structure is inspired by the character of the live oaks, which have been shaped by the prevailing coastal winds from the west. Curved glulam pine beams, which are anchored to the elevated concrete slab at their base, curve up and over the entire space, reflect the arching quality of the live oak limbs. Ship lap cypress siding is used to clad the exterior walls and the interior walls between the glulam beams.