Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Architect Works to Get to the Soul of Buildings

Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Architect Works to Get to the Soul of Buildings

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A Sarasota architect for more than 25 years, Yehuda Inbar has done more than 875 projects throughout the area in a variety of venues.

He has created waterfront homes on Siesta and Casey keys, designed commercial and public properties, including the Englewood YMCA, and golf and country clubs. He also specializes in renovation of custom residences.

Correspondent Chris Angermann interviewed him in the Inbar Architect office on Ringling Boulevard.

Q:What is your approach to architecture?

A:We're in the business of making people happy, and we're doing it with form, light and nature. So I start with imagination and think, "How I can enhance the environment?"

From my clients I get the energies of their lifestyle -- do they like to boat? To walk, run or exercise? To party with a lot of other people? And that also influences the style and environment I try to create for them.

I pay a great deal of attention to the experience that a person using the space will go through. How will it feel? Is it easy and fun?

There is also some art involved. Without it, there is no architecture. There are so many buildings that have no art in them. They're just a certain size, functional space, which is more about engineering.

Of course, we have to do that, too, but with architecture there is an art to it, which is subjective.

Ideally, we want to get to the soul of the building.

Q:How does that work in concrete terms?

A:I'm doing a house on Siesta Key right now. It's a four-level building including the "green" roof, which is a garden. We have interior stairs in the house, but to get from the third level to the roof, I put the stairs on the exterior because I wanted my clients to experience the walk on the outside of the space.

I thought, "How would it feel to be up high here versus walking on the inside, where it's air-conditioned, encased and secure?" It affects your psyche, your mood.

I also wanted to give people who look at the building a visual link to the roof. The outside stairs are an element that communicates, because at night there is lighting that goes up with the treads, so you can view the building from a distance and see movement. …

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