Location: On the Gulf of Mexico, near the
Alabama/Florida state line, on Highway 182 between the resort
communities of Orange Beach and Gulf Shores, Alabama. Boulevard)
Orange Beach, Alabama.
Size: 60 acres of native dunes with century
old oak trees, spongy clumps of reindeer moss and fragrant
mounds of wild rosemary.
Tannin is bordered on the north by the 6,000 acre Gulf State
Park with its amazing diversity of habitats and on the south
by the Gulf of Mexico
Planners: Andres Duany and Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk
Founder: George Gounares
Owner: Tannin, Inc.
Name: Tannin, the ingredient which gives
coffee and tea their rich color, seeps into the lakes of this
area and creates the dark, coffee-colored water. The Village
of Tannin was named for this naturally occurring phenomenon.
Codes: The goal in Tannin is not to build
houses but to build a community. Each house in Tannin has
a responsibility to do its part in creating the community.
To accomplish this, a set of codes or guidelines has been
established that govern the details of buildings and how they
relate to reach other.
In order to build a community with a strong sense of place,
each building has a responsibility to do its’ part in
creating the community. The Urban Code for Tannin governs
this responsibility and it governs the relationship between
the individual house and the community. The Architectural
Code ensures traditional materials and detailing.