A Classical Musician's Retreat
Torreya State Park, FL

Torreya State Park is located at the tip of the Panhandle in Florida, situated along the east bank of the Apalachicola River. The project site is located in a clearing in the forest, just south of a narrow passageway between two large hills, which provide a sense of seclusion. The site drops steeply down to the river on the west side, and slopes down gently from north to south. To the east and south of the site are dense, wooded areas and a small creek.

A client has requested the design of a secluded musical retreat center for 20 musicians and a mentor, which is to comprise individual living quarters, a practice hall, a dining space, and a small administrative space; a total of 8,000 – 10,000 square feet. The client requires that the design take advantage of passive strategies. | full text