Private Client | Nassau, Bahamas 2008

The design for this sweeping family beachfront home on New Providence, Bahamas, aims to marry monolithic concrete and loadbearing masonry with the coastal landscape. The built form overlaps the beach and vice versa, offering and interplay between garden elements and interior elements: internal partitions extend to form retaining walls in the garden, roof planes oversail the envelope of the building and irrigation channels cross between the inside and outside, helping to regulate ambient temperature. Its linear design offers expansive views onto the Atlantic, from both inside and from its terraces and outdoor pool.

The home used simple, locally-based construction methods and materials, which also include loadbearing limestone on walls and floors. Electrochromic glass and extensive overhangs on south and west sides also reinforce a passive, ecological cooling of the building.