The Pines at Powell Point

Site Plan

The St. Joe Company invited LUBRANO CIAVARRA ARCHITECTS to submit a Concept Design for a 32-acre site to be a resort hub for an active adult and retirement community. Program Scope includes a 60 Room Inn, Ferry Dock, Recreation Center, Spa/Salon, Fitness Center, Restaurant, Central Hall, etc.

Inspired by the porches of historic Florida homes and the pine forests of WaterSound, The Pines is organized about a meandering veranda that responds to and promotes the various resort amenities.


Our connected verandas weave into and through the hotel from the dock, to form the restaurant and fold into the recreation center.  The single loaded corridor of The Pines Inn offers all visitors a preferred view, creating a lasting memory that will entice them to return.  To the Southeast, rentable cottages offer visitors the opportunity to envision their daily life in the Powell Point Community.


A “dining veranda” is created at the intersection of the meandering network of “living porches”, enveloping diners within filtered natural light. To the Southwest, the Day Dock, a hub for water sports and path for golf-cart access to the Ferry to Camp Helen State Park, creates an activated boundary between the age-restricted Recreation Center and the All-Age program of the Inn.


A wood canopy covers an interlocking ramp and stairway, extending in from the landscape and through the building to create the Reception Lobby and Breakfast Bar. Visitors are greeted by long extended views across Lake Powell to the Coastal Dunes and Gulf beyond.



We have a proposed set of buildings that sit IN the site, stitched together by a meandering veranda – we consider this  “Living Porch”  the root of the project; the anchoring system from the “Play and Stay” programs and social activities.Vignettes and Diagrams