Sketchbook Tennis Pavilion

This was the result of daydreaming during a layover in the Charlotte Airport on a rainy summer day.

This was the result of daydreaming during a layover in the Charlotte Airport on a rainy summer day.

Intracoastal Waterway Home

This home has been designed as an addition to an existing home built in the 50's on the Intracoastal Waterway in South Carolina.

Potomac River Estate

First sketch for a family compound planned for the Potomac River in Northern Virginia

Our Design Philosophy

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Good Architecture is self-made when natural factors and indigenous features of the site are given careful consideration. Climate, solar orientation, prevailing breezes, vegetation, view, topography and existing amenities such as oceans, marshes, rivers and lagoons – These are all considerations that must be recognized and sensitively manipulated in order to bring the outside in and take the inside out.

This design theory is sensitively reflected in much of the original architecture of South Carolina’s early Coastal Islands. Blended together with native building materials, a variety of textures, human scale and muted colors, the natural factors and indigenous features of the site make it difficult to decide if you are in the building or out. When properly meshed, the potential is boundless.

 

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Have you ever wondered why some rooms and spaces “feel better” than others? These spaces exist in harmony with their surroundings and “fit in” as if they had sprung out of the ground. They cost no more, but have a much greater value, and they are a pleasure to live in and visit.

The site gives you answers as the design grows and becomes itself. If the natural site amenities are allowed to shape the form, the rooms seem to locate themselves. The contrast between the architecture and the site is minimized.

When the site generates the architecture, special places are created, resulting in finished products concurrent with initial concepts and creative expectations.

 

Welcome to Island Architects

Crafting beautiful custom homes for more than 30 years.

Crafting beautiful custom homes for more than 30 years.

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