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BIG designs honeycomb housing for the Bahamas
Architecture studio BIG’s latest proposal for an apartment block in the Bahamas features a honeycomb facade where every balcony holds a swimming pool.
The residential building, called Albany Marina Residences, also known as the Honeycomb, will be designed for a site on the south coast of New Province Island and is set to become the tallest building in the Albany community.
The honeycomb patterned facade will be set for the south face of the buildings where the hexagonal shapes will frame the balconies of every apartment, containing sunken pools.
“Our design is driven by an effort to maximise the enjoyment of the abundant natural qualities of Albany in The Bahamas: the landscape, the sea and the sun,” said Bjarke Ingels, founder of BIG.
“A honeycomb facade functionally supports the pools making them sink into the terrace floor and provides spectacular sight lines while maintaining privacy for each residence.”
The building is a collaboration between BIG, HKS Architects and Michael Diggiss Architects and will join three other new buildings proposed for the area.
The hexagonal shapes are planned to continue down the paving of an adjacent plaza, providing a framework for soft landscaping, seating areas and an outdoor pool.
“Drawing inspiration from its coastal setting, the hexagonal design evokes the natural geometries you find in certain coral formations or honeycombs,” said Ingels.