Ocean Drive

Palm Beach, Florida
Completion date: 2005
Construction cost: (Withheld)

A grande dame of Palm Beach society required a responsible approach to renovating and significantly adding to her 4,000 square foot home. Respectful of the house’s original design and taking cues from Addison Mizner’s Mediterranean Revival style found throughout old Palm Beach and South Florida, we envisioned a modern palazzo with 10,000 square feet of additions neatly encompassing the original home. Much of the living space exists on one level, maximizing views of the Atlantic ocean and providing a seamless connection to the patios and greenspaces surrounding the home. The single-level design, combined with a decision to ramp the motor court to the side and down to a lower level, allowed for total integration of the landscape with the architecture. Playing to the local conditions comes with design challenges as well as opportunities: one such challenge was providing grand, overscaled French doors capable of sustaining hurricane-force winds. But through technical expertise and attention to the surroundings, we were able to update an impressive home in a manner respectful of the landscape and architecture of the region.

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