Category: Featured Projects

Featured Project: Sacred Heart University

White Birch Honed

Designed by The S/L/A/M Collaborative and built by Turner Construction,  the Pierre Toussaint Hall at Sacred Heart University features a large, elegant living room that is both modern and warm with a sleek, modern aesthetic with a retro feel, it fronts onto a newly formed quadrangle outdoor space to be further defined by future residential halls. Two grand full-height stone fireplaces flank the entryway, faced with Realstone Systems white birch honed panels, drawing you straight back to the monumental salt-water aquarium. The overall space is complemented by unique lighting and a warm wood ceiling.


Serpentine curved sound blocking wall in Sierra Accentstone Panels

David Solmes of Sonoma Mission Gardens used Sierra Accentstone Panels installed vertically, for this  8’ high by 57’ long CMU wall . The wall was designed to be a gently-arched, serpentine “S” shape. The main goal was sound attenuation to buffer traffic noise from an adjacent roadway. To further mitigate the sound, a water feature was incorporated into the wall. The 3’ wide “sheer descent” was installed in a recessed portion of the wall so that the water feature hardware was flush with face of stone. When not in operation, the water feature is barely noticeable. Water spills from a height of about 4’ disappears into a reservoir that is hidden in a bed of cobblestone. Special engineering and permitting was required. With the gentle curve of the wall, no special cuts were needed.  Up-lighting adds further drama at night.

The Natural Stone Veneer Wall grounds this airy home in a secluded Sarasota cove


Designed by April White and Mark Sultana of DSDG Architects, this 5,340-square foot luxury home embraces it’s beautiful natural landscape with a large outdoor living space, floor to ceiling glass and thoughtful landscaping. The airy feel of the home is grounded by the natural stone veneer wall which spans the entire height of the structure.

Nestled in to a secluded cove on Sarasota Bay, all rooms of the home open onto a fifteen-foot-deep covered balcony living space flanked by a wall the elegant Realstone White Birch Honed. The second-floor living area consists of a double volume great room, kitchen, library, and bedroom suite. The great room features a twenty-two-foot-tall space with eighteen combined feet of glass for a two story view out to the bay.

DSDG-5The Harbor House is eye catching upon approach for its rigid form and precariously cantilevered third floor room. The bold look of this home is conducted with repetitive linear windows that accents the vertical core of the residence. The home sits above water feature pools on the front and rear creating additional height in its reflection. The main entry to the home is over an open riser, cantilevered concrete staircase that climbs over the water feature below.

A bridge element on the third floor connects the two sides flanking the great room.  A master suite and private balcony occupy one side and three guest bedrooms the other. One guest bedroom is the dramatic cantilevered room protruding ten feet from the building face. Interiors Gallery>

DSDG-4The outdoor oasis backyard is accessed by an open riser staircase from the second-floor balcony down to the pool deck. At the intermediate landing, a shear waterfall spills into the pool and is visible through the glass paneled tread. A live green wall evokes Amazonian influence as a backdrop to the pool and bay view. The starkness of the white façade is warmed with the use of stacked limestone and thermally treated poplar wood ceilings. The reintroduction of warmer, metallic bronze metal fascia caps, door and window frames, and glass railing uprights supports the upcoming trend of the New Bronze Age to design.