Viridian Sunrise House
Seagrove Beach, Florida
This Gulf-front “Sunrise” home was designed as an integral part of a planned private residence club enclave, which would ultimately include a second “Sunset” residence mirroring this first home, ten 3-bedroom villas, and a 20-room boutique hotel. The club’s first amenity, the “V” gourmet restaurant, is already in place across the street from this house.
The house is rented and operated as a hotel room, catering to families for short-term stays of a week or less. This affected many aspects of the design: smaller closets and less storage than normal, spa-type bathrooms, and gathering spaces of various sizes for larger groups and more intimate settings. Because the house sits on top of a 25-foot dune, the floor plan maximizes the spectacular Gulf views from every space except the garage. The five-bedroom, four bathhouses can be occupied by one larger group or by two smaller ones; by closing the door at the bottom of the stairs, one family can occupy the first level, and the other can access the second level by the exterior stairway.
The green between the two houses will remain undeveloped to afford unobstructed views of the Gulf from the hotel, the restaurant, and for passersby on the road. It may also be used for special events, weddings, and other activities.
Merit Award for New Work
AIA Florida Northwest, 2012