Beach House
Seabrook Island, South Carolina

This new house is located on Seabrook Island on the South Carolina coast. The house is elevated ten feet above grade to allow winter storms to pass underneath.

The upper level maximizes views of the Atlantic Ocean and creates a parallel to the 5-mile long beach which the house overlooks. The detailing of the house follows this "stretching" with smooth, simple, and direct finishes throughout. The Beach House appears to float above the land, gaining its strength from the slippage of the two levels against one another, and from its spatial simplicity.

Climate control was a key component in the architectural design of this house. The house captures the prevailing winds for cooling in the summer, and the deep trellises and porches protect the house from the hot sun.

Green and local products were used throughout.