Set along Kiawah’s most eastern tip, the Front Nine Residences nestle within the island’s native coastal landscape and provide views over rolling dunes to the Atlantic Ocean. Reinforcing each home’s connection to the natural environment, Lake|Flato crafted an innovative pattern for home placement by clustering the homes in groups of 3 that frame a shared amenity landscape. The positioning and proximity of each home within the cluster preserves unobstructed water views and access to the coastal prevailing breezes. The clusters of homes are linked by walking and bike paths that weave through the native landscape providing a variety of scales of community and connectivity.
Given the possibility of coastal flooding as well as the height of the rolling dunes between the site and the ocean, the homes are elevated above grade and organized vertically around two-story screened porches and roof terraces with sweeping vistas through the treetops. The open ground level of the 3 and 4 story homes provides shady porches connected to the shared amenity landscape and network of trails. The naturally weathering and stained cedar siding allows the homes to recede into the oak, pine and palm forest while traditional tabby concrete connects to the native coastal environment.