A current project on the boards at Franke : Franke is design of a second residence to be located on Redfish Pass Channel, between Aransas Pass and Port Aransas, Texas. We’re excited to be involved as Architect, Landscape Architect, and Design+Builder for the proposed Kayak Club and short term rental residence. The site building area is impacted by a myriad of mandates and strict limitations that range across local, State, and Federal jurisdictions – but paradise is not lost – it just needed to be discovered through careful site study, and a design that is inspired by the vastness of the open coastal land and seascape. Our design also jumped all of the regulatory hurdles by working from conceptual diagram iterations to a specific plan that supports the aspirations of the owner and creates an expanding series of visually and physically connected interior and exterior spaces. This waterfront retreat is designed to orient and embrace the unobstructed eastward view across the maze of Mangroves and estuarine systems that make up the vast Lighthouse Trails, a Texas State preserve and kayak park, to the distant Lydia Ann Lighthouse, Aransas Bay, and the Gulf on the horizon.
The design process has taken us in an architectural direction of an open form solution, with ample covered decks and a dogtrot-like breezeway that draws one into the residence and through to the grand environment beyond, while also graciously meeting a street side approach from State Highway 361 to the west. The street side entry and eastward views are captured by exposed structural elements and a graceful butterfly roof designed to support an opportunity for a single collection-point rainwater storage system that will provide irrigation and non-potable water for use on site. Long, east facing lanais at both the lower and upper levels provide unlimited access for kayak launches below, and the stunning views from the upper level deck.
As part of a mandate by the US Army Corps of Engineers for the residence to provide short-term water-based recreational rental opportunities for visitors, the limited conditioned space is separated into two levels, with a bunkhouse on the lower floor that has been raised to a finished elevation sufficient to allow it to be used as conditioned space. The main house level on the uppermost floor is appointed with two master suites, a great room with unobstructed easterly views and a high performance kitchen equipped to prepare the catch-of-the day in style, and be the center of activity after a day on the water.
More to come as construction begins soon . . . in the meantime, enjoy the view.