with 250 rooms and 120 luxury villas, the J W Marriott on Mai Kao Beach opened in the early 2000s. This mixed-use destination resort features a long section of golden sand beach facing the Andaman Sea, three pool areas and is nestled in a coconut plantation.
As concept designer I worked with local artist and landscape architect Bill Bensley to create a unique and beautiful sense of place for this destination resort. The interior design was by John Lightbody of Abacus Design, and both combined local materials and artisans to maximize an exotic sense of escape.
With VOA Associates, Inc. this new wing of the Museum of Arts and Sciences in Daytona, Florida houses seven galleries. The interior thesis was “the anti-Bilbao” and therefore has created a sense of enveloping space.
Museum of Arts And Sciences – West Wing
Daytona Beach, Florida
The Community Center for a new development in Brandon, Florida, River Hills featured a welcome center at the project’s entry, 3-building complex of golf, pool, and restaurant. Arvida commissioned these in 1987; the sense of place was taken from the Florida Bungalow style using Florida limestone, deep overhangs, craftsman style architectural detailing, and generous room heights.
Sustainable Design elements include solar orientation, natural light in the interior using clerestory lighting, use of local materials, and a roof design using Homasote, a highly insulative roof decking material allowing structural rafters to read throughout the interior space.
This project won a Design Award from the Tampa Bay AIA in 1988.
Darden Corporate Headquarters, a LEED Silver facility, opened early 2010. This proposal was to create an artwork program for Darden’s corporate collection, and augment this with commissioned pieces for the interior and exterior of the property.
View analysis and potential artwork presentation locations were considered, and four new artworks were commissioned for this proposal.
Legendary’s Peter Bos commissioned a hip hotel to be constructed in Sandestin, Florida to bring a new presence to the business market in this resort destination. Richard Reeps’ concept borrowed from expressionism and created a hotel on a tight urban site with a rooftop pool.
This 200-suite hotel features a branded restaurant on the ground floor and a private club on the rooftop. The hotel offers business travelers an alternative to the pricey resort accomodations a few blocks away on the Gulf.