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BIG reveals designs for new scheme in The Bahamas

Danish-superstar BIG has unveiled designs for a new residential building and public plaza in The Bahamas

The practice’s 16,000m2 residential scheme will be the tallest new building in the beach community of Albany, The Bahamas.

The building features a honeycomb inspired façade with a hexagonal pattern. At ground levels this façade pattern merges with the pavement of the plaza. Along the edge of the square, the hexagons transform into green mounds with plants, palm trees, and integrated seating.

BIG Albany

The architect’s view

‘Our design is driven by an effort to maximize the enjoyment of the abundant natural qualities of Albany in The Bahamas: the landscape, the sea and the sun. The façade has a hexagonal pattern that uniquely frames the natural beauty of the Island. The honeycomb façade functionally supports the pools making them sink into the terrace floor and provides spectacular sight lines while maintaining privacy for each residence. Drawing inspiration from its coastal setting, the hexagonal design evokes the natural geometries you find in certain coral formations or honeycombs.

‘The balconies are deep enough to not only provide outdoor spaces, but also summer kitchens and a pool sunken into the balcony of each unit. These pools have a transparent edge towards the plaza, eliminating the visual barrier between the pool and the environment. Bathers can be fully immersed in the view of the marina and the ocean beyond.’

BIG Albany

Project data

Location Albany, New Providence Island, Bahamas
Type of project residential
Client Tavistock Group/New Valley LLC
Architect BIG
Executive architect HKS
Local architect MDA
Structural engineer DeSimone
M&E consultant EXP
Start on site date September 2014
Completion date March 2016
Gross internal floor area 16,270m2

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