SANSARA: A Cosmopolitan Coastal Oasis

Front Cover Summer14 Amidst the artfully painted buildings, eclectic antique shops and al fresco cafes of Historic Burns Court, a new high-rise will soon emerge as the focal point of this urban center. The 10-story condominium development, SANSARA, possesses a distinctive artistic vibe well suited for its cultural locale.

SANSARA is the realization of the combined vision of Chicago developer Matt Kihnke and the talented team at Sarasota’s renowned firm, Hoyt Architects. Kihnke’s vision for this project is a departure from the high-rise buildings he and his brother typically construct in Chicago. “I wanted to soften the modern lines giving the building a more contemporary feeling using Zen motifs to evoke a sense of grounding and depth that is absent in strictly steel and concrete structures,” explains Kihnke.

From the mahogany inlaid entryway, Hoyt and his team masterfully mingle the lines of contemporary design with a Zen concept resulting in a unique marriage of aesthetics. The elements of fire and water blend effortlessly with mahogany and stone to give SANSARA a soft yet, clean edge.

Entry to SANSARA

“The building is located on an important corner site, so we wanted to address the street simply. Then, we introduced a curve on the back of the building to give broad water views and thus, allowing the balconies to play a sculptural role in the design of the building,” explains Gary Hoyt. “The client wanted the building to be peaceful which is especially evident on the amenity level.”

“The pool, spa, lounge and private cabanas along with the wood decking and fire pit give the feel of an urban oasis.”

SANSARA Deck and CabanaSANSARA succeeds in the quest to create a serene, even sensual environment in the middle of an urban coastal landscape. Within steps of this exquisite building, one may enjoy boating at the 361-slip marina, exceptional bayfront parks and the cultural amenities of a world-class city. Walk to the Florida Studio Theatre for a Broadway play or see a performance at the Sarasota Opera after a delicious meal at any one of dozens of locally owned restaurants. Jump in your convertible for a night at the ballet or symphony and end your evening with a midnight stroll on some of the most acclaimed beaches in the Continental United States.

Sarasota offers an exceptional cosmopolitan lifestyle with the understated chic essence of the South of France, albeit with the modern amenities and comforts of life in America. Ideally nestled on the turquoise waters of the Gulf of Mexico, this crescent city glistens as the crown jewel of the West Coast of Florida. And now, a peaceful oasis atop the downtown skyline awaits a lucky few who have the opportunity to call one of the seventeen exclusive residences at SANSARA home.



SANSARA Master Bedroom

Represented by

Jonathan Abrams, REALTOR®
Michael Saunders & Company
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