RESIDENTIAL: Myakka City, Florida
Composed of 1,143 acres of lush Myakka landscape, Triangle Ranch had remained in the hands of one of Florida’s original pioneer families for over a century before becoming a designated “Florida Forever” conservation area. Now, under the care of a new owner and the Conservation Foundation, the ranch has been restored to its optimum ecological function and has become a living showcase for Florida’s natural beauty.
Nestled amongst Triangle Ranch’s pristine wetlands and along the winding Myakka River is a cluster of structures glowing with Old Florida charm. Sweet Sparkman Architecture and Interiors was charged with creating two modest 12’ x 12’ Florida Cracker-inspired cottages to complement a 1936 pecky cypress cottage rescued from demolition and relocated from Siesta Key. Each cabin has its own unique characteristics and charm emphasized with small-scale simplicity.
Described as a “victory for nature,” each cabin was designed and constructed with harmony and respect for the surrounding natural forces. A classic elevated block foundation perches each cottage safely above the flood plain and couples an authentic look with energy independence through passive solar design.