Lime Tree Bay Resort
Building Area: 48,000 SF
Building Status: Unbuilt
The 2.5-acre site is located on Long Key, in the City of Layton, one of the older and certainly the smallest cities in the Florida Keys. The site is on the southwestern side of the island, bounded on the east by US 1 and on the north by a nature research station. The site is richly landscaped with mature vegetation that includes gumbo limbo, sea grape, ficus, royal poinciana, mahoe, and coconut palm. The program requirement specified 48,000 sf of luxury residential-hotel space with resort amenities and support spaces.
The 40 residential-hotel units consist of 26 two-story units above garages and 14 flats on two stories also above garages. While the 40 units are grouped into five building clusters, the units are designed as individual structures engaging each other along structural planes. The building palette comprises traditional Keys elements such as oolithic limestone for the main base elements, which also house the fireplaces, wood, metal roofs and white stucco on concrete masonry. Conceptually, solid, rectilinear walls flank glass volumes that protrude above the walls as clerestories above which a metal-lined, exposed interior, wood shed-roof is placed. The five building clusters are arranged along vehicular and pedestrian paths that are themed through palettes of vegetation. A common area open-air lounge and a gymnasium structure are located on a floating barge anchored by the properties west-facing pier. Two distinct environments are created around the two swimming pools – the southern pool sits within a grove of coconut palms; the northern pool and spa skirt the eastern boundary of the white sand sunning beach.