With the simple instruction of 'a house in the trees,' Casey Key Guest House / TOTeMS Architecture located on a barrier island, is set within a mature oak hammock along Sarasota Bay. The structure is inspired by the character of the live oaks, which have been shaped by the coastal winds from the west. From the architects:
Curved glulam pine beams, which are anchored to the elevated concrete slab at their base, curve up and over the entire space, reflect the arching quality of the live oak limbs. Ship lap cypress siding is used to clad the exterior walls and the interior walls between the glulam beams. The design is intended to evoke an organic architecture that is influenced by, and reflective of its site.