Hamilton Harbor is a conceptual schematic design prepared to obtain entitlements for a commercial marina development project on Naples Bay. This multi-component project included the development of a lighthouse, club facility, fuel dock, and a dry boat storage building on a 16-acre parcel of wetlands and mangroves.
The design team was especially sensitive to the environmental impact of the project. Each structure was carefully designed and sited to become an integral part of its context. The signature entry feature is a 30-foot lighthouse conceived as a vertical tower supported by tension rods reminiscent of sailboat riggings. The club and restaurant building is located in the center of the site, and is oriented to provide stunning panoramic views of Naples Bay. The exterior skin of the club was designed with the ability to open completely to the outdoors during cooler months.
The dry storage facility was the largest challenge for the site. Programmed to hold 325 boats within the single structure, and restricted to a 42-foot height by the city’s ordinances, the building’s tendency was to sprawl across the site as a massive element. By shifting the building’s mass periodically, using varying materials, and introducing natural light with clearstory windows, the overpowering impact of the architecture was reduced significantly.
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