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Rosemary Beach Architecture
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Rosemary Beach Architecture
Community Design & Architecture
Rosemary Beach's traditional community plan is the design of Andres Duany and Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, FAIA.  Their vision was to create a neighborhood that captures the discarded values of 50 years ago, values that have been replaced today by grid-locked, automobile-dependent suburbia.  This vision of a new neighborhood encourages pedestrian traffic, community interaction and interdependence among neighbors, while relying on strict urban codes and regulations to ensure architectural harmony.  

The essence of Rosemary Beach comes from the careful arrangement
of its public spaces and private homes.  Neighborhoods are interconnected by a network of pedestrian lanes, footpaths, boardwalks.  Secret pathways lead to the square, tennis courts, swimming pools and the beach.  Parking is restricted to alleyways located behind homes, and the pedestrian scale ensures that everything is within no more than a five minute walk.

The natural topography of Rosemary Beach was not disturbed during development.  Instead, roadways were laid to conform to the natural
contours of the land.  Developers used pervious, or permeable
concrete for pavement, which allows water to filter through to the sand below, thereby eliminating the need for unsightly storm water drains or holding ponds.

To establish and preserve the unique vision and character of Rosemary Beach, the planners and architects provided guidelines for the placement, design and construction of all homes and buildings in Rosemary Beach.  The resulting plan is an intricate patchwork of different house types, and custom homes built to suit a wide range of individual tastes.  There are 12 basic building types which establish the character of each neighborhood and ensure the integrity of the Town Plan. Every home in Rosemary Beach is architecturally unique and is custom designed and built to reflect each owner’s tastes, needs and lifestyle. Yet, every house is an inextricable part of the fabric of the town, reinforcing its coastal character.

With a strict urban code, Rosemary Beach ensures harmony and architectural integrity throughout the town.  The use of authentic and time-tested construction materials and techniques relates perfectly to the beach-side environment.  Homes, which face pedestrian boardwalks, are finished with wood siding, cedar shingle or stucco (true masonry) with metal or shingle shake roofing.  A rich palette of colors in subtle, natural tones distinguishes the houses.  The shapes and silhouettes at Rosemary Beach call to mind St. Augustine, the West Indies, New Orleans and Charleston. Deep eaves provide shade from the afternoon sun.  High ceilings draw breezes through houses. Gardens, fountain-filled courtyards and porches become outdoor rooms.
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