Inhabitat favorite Foster and Partners designed these gorgeous eco-friendly residences for a community called Banyan Tree Corniche Bay in Mauritius back in 2006. The plan calls for discreet and environmentally-sensitive homes that integrate harmoniously with the lush landscape. The project makes use of indigenous materials and features beautiful undulating roofs — we just wish it was a reality and not just a concept.
The luxurious eco-residences were designed as part of a masterplan for the Banyan Tree Corniche Bay development in La Gaulette, on the Indian Ocean island nation of Mauritius. Foster and Partners worked in collaboration with d’Unienville & Associates Architects Ltd to design the homes, which would have views of Morne Brabant, a Unesco World Heritage Site.
The homes feature undulating roofs that allow for natural ventilation and cross breezes, and they would be constructed from indigenous materials that are mostly recyclable. Additionally, the homes would feature energy-efficient design, roof-mounted photovoltaics, and rainwater collection systems. Designed to harmoniously blend in with the lush environment while retaining a contemporary look, the residences also feature pockets of tropical vegetation within their walls.