A Deductive Process

Ocean Tower


Our first involvement with the new resort community of Alys Beach was in Miami, where we were asked to be a part of the planning team of Duany Plater-Zyberk to help develop the architectural syntax of the town. Dictated by the client, the same developer of Seaside, their interests lay in the dense courtyard architypes of Antigua, Guatemala and the pure white-washed aesthetics of Bermuda braced against the cobalt sea of the Florida Coast. The solid masonry construction of the town would make it the first “Hurricane Hardened Community.” And during the initial construction of the town, several homes designed by our firm were built, contributing to the overall fabric of the new town. Demetri Prophyrios then planned a subsequent phase of the town to be a more dense and urban town center along the beach-front. The house structure and all of its elements were designed to the highest level of coastal fortification in order to insure sustainability of structure in an extreme hazard zone.

The house structure and all of its elements were designed to the highest level of coastal fortification in order to ensure sustainability of structure in an extreme hazard zone.

The massing and all-white aesthetic left us with a block from which we were to derive the articulation – a deductive process of design, similar to that of a sculptor carving from a block of white marble.

The space draws one up, around, and through the light-filled block – always to a view, and eventually the open tower overlooking the town and sea.

The house’s only drawback, Bertolet adds, is that he eventually has to return to reality.

— Cregan, Lisa. “Foreign Intrigue.” Elle Décor May 2015; 175