BIG, HKS, and MDA just unveiled plans for a beautiful honeycomb building in Albany, a paradise-like beach community located on the south coast of New Providence Island in the Bahamas. The 175,000 square foot structure will feature a private pool on every balcony overlooking the marina, and it will be the tallest structure in Albany, the heart of the resort, and a beacon that defines the shoreline.
The façade’s openings have a hexagonal pattern that uniquely frames the natural beauty of the Island, while the balconies are deep enough to provide lounging areas, summer kitchens, and private pools. Each of the pools features a transparent side facing the plaza that eliminates the visual barrier between the pool and the environment.
Bjarke Ingels said that: “Our design is driven by an effort to maximize the enjoyment of the abundant natural qualities of Albany in The Bahamas: the landscape, the sea and the sun. A honeycomb façade functionally supports the pools making them sink into the terrace floor and provides spectacular sight lines while maintaining privacy for each residence. Drawing inspiration from its coastal setting, the hexagonal design evokes the natural geometries you find in certain coral formations or honeycombs.”
On the ground level, the façade pattern melts into the pavement of the plaza, creating a subtle topography on the square. Along the edge, various hexagons transform into green mounds with plants, palm trees, and integrated seating. At the heart of the square sits a shallow pond which is fed by fountains scattered around the plaza, as well as a network of small creeks.
The apartment building offers a variety of floor plans that will suit the diverse lifestyles of its residents. For those interested in the resort because of its championship golf course, there is also golf cart parking and storage units oriented towards the parking lot to the north.
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