Grand Cayman Villa

2011 / Beach Bay, Grand Cayman

Located on an ironshore bluff typical of the Caymanian coast, the house responds to the hyper-exposed nature of the site.  To its front and rear, large apertures afford phenomenal views of the landscape and Caribbean Sea. The house, set on the highest contour, is oriented such that its long axis receives much of the cooling Southeast breeze via a clerestory of fixed louvres. An inverted roof and curving skin serve in tandem to modulate the destructive force of potential hurricane winds. The material palette of white paint, glistening dark plaster (think of a stingray’s back), cedar soffits, aluminum screens and the intentionally exposed rock itself ground the house in its natural environment and within the evolving idiom of Caribbean modernism.

*photos-Robert Leslie

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