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Hilton Home In Seacrest Beach - Paradise By The Sea

Discussion in 'Real Estate' started by Magic Hour, May 11, 2005.

  1. Magic Hour

    Magic Hour Beach Comber

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    I have seen the photographs of the Hilton Home at Seacrest Beach posted on this website. What can you tell me about this home? Architect? Owners? Length of construction? Proposed use? :idontno:
     
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  3. njackie

    njackie Beach Lover

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    kurt Admin Staff Member

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    Thanks! Click on residences and it's the first one. Fascinating photos and description.


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    Nestled amid the sand dunes on the Gulf of Mexico at Panama City, Florida, the Hilton residence contains 9,500 square feet of living space. Primary rooms are suspended on concrete pods at various levels within a greenhouse structure of coral-tinted reflective glazing. One interior stairway encircles a glass-enclosed elevator, while another winds around fully grown native palms. The top lacuna of an exterior two-level saltwater swimming pool fountains into the lower basin, then enters the interior by flowing beneath the edge of a glazed wall. Tiered roof wings sweep upward, forming a series of clerestories that shield the open floor plan from excessive sun exposure while presenting unobstructed views of the oceanfront during daytime and allowing stargazing at night. Remote-controlled fabric panels placed strategically over the glazing provide additional solar protection.

    Interior spaces flow freely without walls or partitions, while scale and volume are tempered through the placement of palms and other tropical flora. Level changes rhythmically establish area separations and maximize direct ocean views. The varying colors and textures of terraces, walls, planters, and pools avoid sharp definitions of boundary, integrating the the interior and exterior of the home into a sense of contained movement. The gestures of the form join harmoniously with the surrounding swell of seabird, ocean waves, and sand dunes that embrace an exceptional building site. Everything set forward for the program by the clients indicated a desire for fluidity. All the exterior benefits of the site, such as sea breezes and ocean sunsets, are integrated into the residence to establish a refuge from the hectic pace of a busy business life and create a soothing place to relax, read, and write.
     
  5. RiverOtter

    RiverOtter got any pics?

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    Ok, today I am making a formal offer of $500,000 for the house :biggrin:
     
  6. FoX

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    If you squint your eyes it kinda looks like waves washing around pilings.

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  7. FoX

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    The inside of a watch.

    They sure will have a good view of Alys Beach from the op of that missile silo.

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    It's obvious that the Architect spent enormous amounts of time insuring the design blends well with the existing architectural heritage. Would it not be a better design if it blended so well with its' surroundings that it was hardly noticed? Maybe if it was painted solid white it would mesh well Alys Beach.
     
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    Maybe they could paint it with camo paint. :idontno:
     
  11. FoX

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    Well - some like to be different. And besides, the whole area is different. What heritage do you speak of?
     
  12. JustBeachy

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    Perhaps they meant architectural integrity? No, wait.. :wink:

    That is seriously one ugly house..there is no where you could build it that it would compliment the landscape.
     
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    Oh, I dunno about that. I think it looks really avante garde .... for a concrete plant.

    Still, I'd see the prior offer and raise it by 10K.
     
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    It seems to cause reaction. It seems you either like it or not.
     
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    On second thought..it would look totally hot on the moon! :laughing1
     
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    I like it in concept. Love modern architecture in general, and I think they're doing some neat things with it. But I think it really needs to be on a 5-10 acre parcel with the right kind of landscaping/vegetation, including some bigger trees/shrubbery that makes the whole project seem more in scale.
     
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    I'm indifferent to Charlie's house, but I think if we found such a thing 100 years from now, buried under the sea, divers would come from all over just to see it, and it would draw even more curiosity.
     
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    If it is finished by then?
     
  19. Cork On the Ocean

    Cork On the Ocean directionally challenged

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    One of my favorite architects and one of the most important of the 20th century was Le Corbusier who saw buildings as "machines for living". To me it looks like something he would do in this day. First time I saw it, I thought they used Le Corbusiers chapel at Ronchamps as their inspiration (hope my photo uploaded). Put it somewhere in France and maybe it would be complement the landscape. It does break all rules regarding "blending in" but wasn't that the purpose? Has anyone else heard that stimulus for the house was because they wouldn't let him put up anymore highrises along 30A? Also heard that Michael Jordan used to own the house next to it and fought it tooth and nail. Can anybody confirm any of this. I have great views of both homes and just curious if any of it is true.

    Yes, it messes up our "feel" but it also should increase our property values. If it has half the light detail of Ronchamps and not just the form, it should be quite a masterpiece. Vive innovation, I guess.
     
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    Michael is not true.
     

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