Indian River Lagoon in upper left
This is where the DPZ masterplan ends, against the archipelago of the Indian River. Jungle Trail, an old service road for the grapefruit groves, is barely discernible where it parts the row of tall, dark green Australian Pines. The pines, an invasive species, had served to filter out the salt air to protect the trees for which the county was once best known. Mangroves line the waterways, and in the very distance, is the Pelican Island Preserve, established by Theodore Roosevelt in 1903 to protects birds threatened by a national mania for plumage. The photo on the right was taken from the preserve.
Site Location Plan
Second Floor Plan
Third Floor Plan
These two plans show how flexible the site planning is. The drawing on the left shows the plan mirrored about an alley in a full city block. In this context, the entrances to the parking courts would be off the alley that bisects the block. In the other direction, the semi-public gardens provide mid-block passage. The drawing on the right shows how the same site plan can be expanded to develop a square from the constituent parts.
This site is on a perimeter road between an undeveloped square and Jungle Trail, an old service road along the Indian River that served the grapefruit groves of the barrier island. Pelican Island, the country’s first federally protected wildlife preserve, established under Theodore Roosevelt, is half a mile up Jungle Trail from the site.
The program called for twelve large apartments of about 3000 square feet, plus ground floor garage parking. While the value of the land lies in developing long views of the off shore archipelago, including Pelican Island, it was important at the same time to use the housing to help develop the square.
The square side of the lot, nominally the parcel’s back side, had to present the equivalent of a second front side. The onerous off-site parking requirement of two cars per unit could not be allowed to diminish any side of the site. This required enclosed parking courts, hidden both from the square and the semi-public gardens that run through the middle of the site plan.
The larger site plan was to develop the square’s park across the street from the immediate site, to integrate the perimeter road and street parking into the development of the square, and to propose further development of the north side of the square in a subsequent phase.
Five buildings checkerboard the site, maximizing the long views, providing a foreground for long views, separating service courts from gardens and keeping the scale of the three story buildings reasonably consistent with existing houses on two sides of the square. Most units access their lobby both from their own garages and from the public gardens.