The Cocoon House, formally known as the Healy Guesthouse, is a Sarasota treasure that illuminates its Siesta Key neighborhood. Built in 1948 by Paul Rudolph with the aid of Ralph Twitchell, the Cocoon House is a testament to innovative design that still inspires visitors today.

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Modern home with Exterior, Curved RoofLine, and House Building Type. Set on a quiet lane in Siesta Key, this jewel box home measuring about 760 square feet, holds firmly on cantilevered beams that inch over Bayou Louise. The simple layout lends to an uncluttered coastal lifestyle. The catenary roof curves down into the interior to create an intimate space inside while exhibiting historic architectural feats from the outside. Photo  of The Cocoon HouseView Photos

Set on a quiet lane in Siesta Key, this jewel box home measuring about 760 square feet, holds firmly on cantilevered beams that inch over Bayou Louise. The simple layout lends to an uncluttered coastal lifestyle. The catenary roof curves down into the interior to create an intimate space inside while exhibiting historic architectural feats from the outside.

Modern home with Living Room, Coffee Tables, Chair, Floor Lighting, Ceramic Tile Floor, Lamps, Sofa, End Tables, and Bench. Surrounded by windows on all four sides, the Cocoon House is bright and airy. The front and back windows are detailed with exterior wooden blinds that allow the inhabitant the choice of bringing the outdoors in or creating a cave-like oasis. Photo 2 of The Cocoon HouseView Photos

Surrounded by windows on all four sides, the Cocoon House is bright and airy. The front and back windows are detailed with exterior wooden blinds that allow the inhabitant the choice of bringing the outdoors in or creating a cave-like oasis.

Modern home with Outdoor, Decking Patio, Porch, Deck, Small Patio, Porch, Deck, Wood Patio, Porch, Deck, and Back Yard. The balcony reaches past the structure and is complete with integrated seating creating the perfect spot to enjoy Gulf Coast sunsets over the tranquil bayou beyond. Photo 4 of The Cocoon HouseView Photos

The balcony reaches past the structure and is complete with integrated seating creating the perfect spot to enjoy Gulf Coast sunsets over the tranquil bayou beyond.

Modern home with Living Room, Sofa, Bench, Chair, End Tables, Ceramic Tile Floor, and Coffee Tables. The Sarasota Architectural Foundation recently signed a long-term rental for the house and it has been given new life. Refurbished in 2018, the Cocoon House delights with a refinished exterior and vintage-inspired interior. Through teamwork and considerate design work, Ellen Hanson Designs, Pansy Bayou and the Sarasota Architectural Foundation were able to envision a millennial update to this 1950s historical home. Photo 5 of The Cocoon HouseView Photos

The Sarasota Architectural Foundation recently signed a long-term rental for the house and it has been given new life. Refurbished in 2018, the Cocoon House delights with a refinished exterior and vintage-inspired interior. Through teamwork and considerate design work, Ellen Hanson Designs, Pansy Bayou and the Sarasota Architectural Foundation were able to envision a millennial update to this 1950s historical home.

Modern home with Living Room. Mindful of the mid-century timeline, Ellen Hanson Designs honored the intent of the space by using humble vintage materials, innovative planning, and coastal textiles from Charlotte Osterman. Photo 6 of The Cocoon HouseView Photos

Mindful of the mid-century timeline, Ellen Hanson Designs honored the intent of the space by using humble vintage materials, innovative planning, and coastal textiles from Charlotte Osterman.

Modern home with Bedroom, Bed, Ceramic Tile Floor, and Wall Lighting. Each corner of the home is styled with thoughtful details. Simple lighting, timely furniture pieces and coastal artwork all contribute to the clean lines which complement the purity of Rudolph’s architecture. Photo 7 of The Cocoon HouseView Photos

Each corner of the home is styled with thoughtful details. Simple lighting, timely furniture pieces and coastal artwork all contribute to the clean lines which complement the purity of Rudolph’s architecture.

Modern home with Bedroom, Bed, Night Stands, Ceramic Tile Floor, and Wall Lighting. The bright, earth-toned textiles celebrate the intent of creating a home where one can be indoors and fully indulge in the natural beauty outside. Photo 8 of The Cocoon HouseView Photos

The bright, earth-toned textiles celebrate the intent of creating a home where one can be indoors and fully indulge in the natural beauty outside.

Modern home with Exterior and House Building Type. Although the home is currently only open for tours twice per month, the designers graciously created a space that any twenty-first century dweller would feel enchanted and comfortable to live within. Photo 10 of The Cocoon HouseView Photos

Although the home is currently only open for tours twice per month, the designers graciously created a space that any twenty-first century dweller would feel enchanted and comfortable to live within.

Credits

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Architect
  • Paul Rudolph
Interior Design
  • Ellen Hanson Designs
Photographer

Overview

Bedrooms
  • 2
  • Full Baths
  • 1
  • Structure
  • House (Single Residence)
  • Style
  • Midcentury
  • Year
  • 1948
  • Square Feet
  • 760