Renowned architecture firm Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) has designed numerous buildings with a focus on “social infrastructure” throughout Europe, the US, Asia and the Middle East. Now BIG is extending its global presence through unveiling a striking design for a paradise-like beach and golf resort in the Bahamas.
The Honeycomb building and its adjacent public plaza is situated in Albany, located on the south coast of New Providence Island. Being the tallest structure on the island, the Honeycomb will be a landmark and a beacon from the ocean.
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, says Ingels.
The façade has a hexagonal pattern that uniquely frames the natural beauty of the island; “drawing inspiration from its coastal setting, the hexagonal design evokes the natural geometries you find in certain coral formations of honeycombs, adds Ingels.
Each unit has a balcony with a transparent sunken pool, ultimately eliminating the visual barrier between the pool and the natural environment, encouraging visitors to relax and be immersed in the beauty of nature.
Further extending the reference to honeycombs, the ground level sees the façade’s pattern melting onto the pavement of the plaza creating a subtle typography on the square. Along the edge, various hexagons transform into green mounds with plants, palm trees and integrated seating.