Vero Beach Residence

PrizeHonorable Mention in Interior Design /
Firm LocationBrooklyn, United States
CompanyDJDS- Dorothee Junkin Design Studio
Lead ArchitectDJDS - Dorothee Junkin Design Studio
Design TeamArchitect: Erik Helgen, AIA, in collaboration with Alloy

Located in Vero Beach, Florida, this contemporary residence offers magnificent oceanfront living in a stunning setting surrounded by lush gardens. Completed in the summer of 2014, the Vero Beach Residence is DJDS’s first project in the US and also its largest to date at 18,400 square feet. The main house occupies almost the entire width of 200 feet of ocean frontage maximizing the ocean views from all primary rooms. Two pool decks provide sunny and shaded outdoor areas from the early morning right through the early evening. Large sliding glass doors and thoughtfully placed furniture offer a seamless indoor-outdoor living all across the ground floor. The owner’s brief asked for a contemporary and elegant main residence with ample indoor and outdoor space to entertain guests and extended family in a variety of formal and informal settings. Given the rather understated style of the property’s architecture and the owner’s desire to avoid interiors that shouted “Florida beach house”, DJDS took a more international design approach. This involved bringing together artfully applied custom lighting installations, furniture sourced from all over the world, finds from the owner’s travels, vintage pieces and a variety of custom designed furnishings. A well-considered material concept allows a seemingly effortless flow from one area to the next while imbuing each of the soaring primary spaces as well as the more private secondary spaces with its own distinct feel. With DJDS and the owner working closely together throughout the project, each design approach has been tailored to suit the owner’s individual preferences. The result is a home in which every area and the design within it have their own story and background.