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Design plans have been revealed for the St. Regis Longboat Key Resort and Residences in the Gulf of Mexico. Situated on a barrier island outside of Sarasota, Florida, the St. Regis Longboat Key is scheduled to break ground in fall 2021 and is set to open in spring 2024. Developed by Unicorp National Developments the resort will feature 166 rooms and 69 private luxury condominiums. SB Architects will handle the architecture and is working alongside Hirsch Bedner Associates Miami (HBA), Marc-Michaels Interior Design, and Enea Landscape Design to bring the vision to life.

Comprised mostly of glass, the buildings feature clean lines, fine detailing, and floor-to-ceiling windows that draw in natural light and showcase coastal views. Guests will enter through a canopy of jacaranda trees. Inside, an entry corridor enhances the view to the ocean through a barrel-vaulted digital ceiling, where ambient lighting reflects the sky’s spectacular sunset colors daily. Projectors display graceful birds across the ceiling intermittently, capturing a sense of movement and bringing the outdoor environment inside.

In addition to drawing inspiration from dance-like moments in nature, including the flight of birds along the shore, the resort interiors by HBA honor Sarasota’s culture and history by gesturing toward the intersection of circus and dance. Sarasota is renowned for its performing arts – including The Sarasota Ballet – and for its circus heritage, owing to circus impresario John Ringling, who so loved Sarasota that he chose it for the winter quarters of Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey. Showcasing a clean and natural palette of colors, the contemporary interiors leverage these local insights in subtle touches, such as rope-like chandeliers suspended from the ceiling; an oval-shaped ballroom inspired by aerial rings; and in the St. Regis Bar, a center feature latticed like a circus cage rising into the ceiling.

Rendering: Courtesy of HBA Miami

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