Roatan, Bay Islands, Honduras
second home and resort rental, the site gradually slopes north to
the water edge. A quarter of a mile from the water edge extends
the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, the largest barrier Reef in the Caribbean
The house, which was conceived, as a cluster of connected pods that
step with the natural grade is long, thin and sited to minimize
its exposure to the setting sun. The pods were developed not only
to encourage the ever present coastal breezes to move through the
house, cooling the interior, but also to reduce the effect of an
overpowering foot print on the site.
Main rooms housed in each pod open to a central deck with shaded,
northerly views of the oceanfront. On the edge of the deck a double
negative edge swimming pool pours it’s water 12’-0”
down and becomes a back drop to a Yoga Room nestled on the Ground
century old Ceiba tree marks the oceanfront corner of the site,
provides shade from the west, and with its proximity to the deck,
protruding roots and permanence, connects us back to the earth.
the tree line, the observation tower has a panoramic view of the
Caribbean Sea and the Tropical Rain Forest Mountains to the South.
materials are chosen to be maintenance free in this salty, corrosive
environment. The roof structure is galvanized steel and wood. The
walls are painted stucco on masonry. The floors are concrete creating
a cooling thermal anchor. Wood was used extensively on broad roof
overhangs, gates, fences and window louvers to minimize the permanent
feeling of the concrete.