Clear lines, geometric structures, simple facades, and economical use of materials — these are some succinct descriptions for the Sarasota School of Architecture. Houses that exemplify this style of architecture still stand in the area, from the wide roof overhangs to the concrete, engineered hardwood, porcelain tile, vinyl, and high-pressure laminate flooring material choices in Bradenton, Lido Shores, West Gulf Drive, and other neighborhoods.
Simple and One with Nature
The Sarasota School of Architecture has been turning heads since it was first conceptualized in 1941. Its founder, Ralph Twitchell, and well-known practitioners took inspiration from the minimalist tone of the International style or Bauhaus architecture. They also integrated a few staples of regional Southern architecture like balconies and elevated floors.
The Sarasota School of Architecture is the product of natural adaptation. Architects in the 1940s had to maximize whatever building materials were available, and they also needed to adapt to Florida’s tropical climate. As a result, the notable features of this architectural style are flat roofs, glass walls and doors, open-floor plans, and natural ventilation systems.
Architects and builders who wish to replicate this post-war architectural style should complement these structural features with simple, classy floors that enhance the modern and minimalist feel of the building.
A Look the Interior Features of Key Sarasota Houses
One of the most famous houses of the movement is the Umbrella House. A peek inside shows that its interior is consistent with its façade. Its living room boasts a high ceiling and glass walls and doors that open to the pool deck. It has jalousie windows that run from the floor to the ceiling. The floors, in honor of the house’s original construction, are made of wood.
Paul Rudolph’s iconic Revere Quality House has a few similar features, like glass walls and doors that open to terraces and frame outdoor views. It has floor-to-ceiling jalousies, too. Its floors, however, are made of terrazzo and marble.
Builders can take their cues from these houses and select the same flooring materials. For those who are building on a budget, laminate flooring that bears the same muted but classy appearance of wood, terrazzo, or marble would be good alternatives.