Launch Slideshow

house of the papyrii, alys beach, fla.

single-family production / attached / grand

house of the papyrii, alys beach, fla.

single-family production / attached / grand

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    Tommy Crow

    The house has ample outdoor spaces designed for privacy. Moroccan tilework and Latin American and Mediterranean-inspired architectural details are prevalent throughout.

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    Tommy Crow

    The architects conceived the house as a solid white block with carved-out exterior spaces.

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    Tommy Crow

    From the interior, homeowners have ample sight lines to adjacent outdoor spaces.

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    Tommy Crow

    The house's Moroccan tilework and Latin American and Mediterranean-inspired architectural details celebrate diversity.

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    Tommy Crow

    Located off the master bedroom, the second-floor loggia offers views of the Gulf of Mexico.

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    Tommy Crow

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    Tommy Crow

    Despite the traditional details, the house’s interior is an exercise in restraint.

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    Khoury & Vogt Architects

    The project in section.

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    Khoury & Vogt Architects

    The project’s floor plan.

khoury & vogt architects, alys beach

Despite tight constraints, Khoury & Vogt Architects designed this spacious, light-filled house with an efficient plan. Their efforts were much appreciated by our judges. It “does a lot on a very small site,” observed one. “It's a really sweet project.”

The design draws inspiration from the courtyard-style casitas common in Antigua Guatemala, an architecturally significant city in central Guatemala. “You first enter a zaguan,” says Marieanne Khoury-Vogt, AIA, referring to an entry passage leading to a courtyard. “There's a pool on one side and a loggia on the other, so there's ample outdoor space before you even get to the front door.” A chimney draws light down into the loggia and reflects it off of a stucco-framed mirror. A second, rear courtyard does double duty as a garden and dining pavilion. Three separate loggias on the second level offer additional outdoor space, while also illuminating private realms. “Almost every room has access to the outdoors,” Khoury-Vogt says.

Situated with a sight line exposure to the gulf, the house is further brightened by Mediterranean-inspired interiors and a material palette of white stucco, Spanish cedar, Dominican shell stone, and colored Cuban concrete tiles. “It has lots of light and speaks eloquently to the anonymity of the city,” said a judge.

principals in charge / project architects: Erik Vogt, AIA, and Marieanne Khoury-Vogt, AIA, Khoury & Vogt Architects
project team: Jamie Van Dyk and Kendall Horne, ASLA, Alys Beach, Alys Beach, Fla.
developer: Jason Comer, Alys Beach, Alys Beach
general contractor: Scott Barnes, Alys Beach Construction, Panama City Beach, Fla.
project size: 2,300 square feet
site size: 0.05 acre
construction cost: $420 per square foot
sales price: $1.8 million
photography: Tommy Crow.

product specs
bathroom fittings and fixtures: Lacava; dishwasher: ASKO North America; doors, windows: Loewen; garbage disposer: In-Sink-Erator; hardware: LB Brass; hvac equipment: American Standard; kitchen fittings: Kohler Co.; kitchen fixtures: Brasstech (Newport Brass); oven/range: Wolf Appliance; refrigerator: Sub-Zero; roofing: Entegra Roof Tile