Dramatic and futuristic designs for a planned US$250 million luxury resort in Bodden Town were unveiled Saturday at an event in Miami Beach.
Beach Bay Land Ltd. announced TEN Arquitectos of Mexico City and New York as the winner of its design competition for work on the resort at St. James Point, Beach Bay. The firm’s concept designs show hotel and condo buildings curving along the coastline.
John Layton, managing director of the development company, making the announcement during an event at Art Basel gallery, said, “It is a great pleasure to announce this collaboration with TEN Arquitectos, a firm who so clearly understood our vision for creating a Caribbean icon that is sensitive to the existing tropical environment, integrates the architecture as art and in harmony with nature, while offering the highest standard of luxury accommodation.”
He said he was impressed with the firm’s record on past projects, as well as the “bold ideas” put forward for the Beach Bay project.
The resort is slated to open in late 2018 on 16 acres of seafront property in Bodden Town. The developer says it will feature a 200-room hotel and 90 residential units and include shops, restaurants and water sports.
Enrique Norten, lead architect for TEN Arquitectos, said creating buildings that sync with the natural environment is key to the success of the project. “We have a unique concept here that will fit harmoniously within the landscape,” he said.
Mr. Norten received the Mies van der Rohe Prize for Latin American Architecture in 1998, and this year was awarded the Richard J. Neutra Medal for Professional Excellence, given in recognition of an individual’s contribution to the environmental design profession.
Beach Bay Land Ltd. and government announced earlier this year that they had signed a development agreement, including a package of concessions for the project.
Infrastructure Minister Kurt Tibbetts said he was pleased to see the continued momentum of the project.
“I have seen the project schematics, and I believe this will be a wonderful project of which the Cayman Islands will be very proud,” he said in a statement Saturday.
TEN Arquitectos vied with two other firms, Garcia Stromberg and SB Architects, in the design competition. They will work with Cayman architect Andrew Gibb on the final designs. Nest Seekers International will be responsible for U.S. sales and marketing, the developer announced Saturday.