In the Media

As thought leaders within our sector and innovators within design, OBMI continuously shares our commitment to excellence with current and prospective Clients. Read about our concepts, inspirations and featured projects in print and online. Hear from our Leaders in their own words and learn about OBMI’s core values and our purpose to create timeless, globally recognized design.

JULY 2016
Travel + Leisure
The 50 Best Romantic Getaways
 

On the waterfront with miles of rugged Caribbean coastline and 365 beache, you’re assured of more than a few private patches of sand on Antigua. But couples might want to stay put at just one – if they’re at the Hermitage Bay resort. Etched into a lush hillside overlooking the bay are 27 cottage suites, plunge pools, and open-air verandas with billowing white curtains that frame the views.  …

JUNE 2016
The Telegraph
OBMI Designed Royal Mansour Marrakech Named Gold Standard of Luxury Hotels
“The gold standard of luxury hotels in Marrakech, the Mansour was commissioned by King Mohammed VI, who often hosts his guests in its 53 private riads, which are situated in almost four hectacres of fragrant Moorish Gardens.” …

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FEBRUARY 2016
The Royal Gazette
Architects OBMI Appointed to Airport Project
THA landmark Carib The local office of international architecture firm OBMI has been hired to work on the first phase of the controversial $250 million airport redevelopment project. The appointment was made by Canadian contractors Aecon Construction Group, after an “extensive competitive selection process”, according to a press release. The process included…

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Architectural Digest 
10 Luxurious Cliffside Hotels with Unbeatable Views
 

A landmark Carib Set on a southeast-facing cliff on Virgin Gorda of the British Virgin Islands, the terraced on Oil Nut Bay’s aptly named Cliff Suites include three individual dwellings with floor-to-ceiling windows, great rooms, private pools, and patios to showcase the Caribbean Sea and the rocky bluffs. The penthouse..

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Caribbean Journal 
Rosewood Little Dix Bay Closing for Major Renovation
 

A landmark Caribbean hotel is set to undergo a major transformation. Rosewood Little Dix Bay on Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands will be launching the most substantial renovation of the property since it was founded by Laurence Rockefeller more than half a century ago. The property will begin the renovation on..

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Virgin Islands Property & Yacht 
Navaeh: An exclusive Anguilla Property Collaborated by the BVI’s finest Construction Experts
 

Behind every outstanding property is a story of time, energy and passion; the determination supporting a dream that manifests in reality. A home conceived out of fantasy requires the utmost attention to every detail from all parties involved in the planning, design, and construction of the final product.

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Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association
Developing a Property Begins with your Staff
 

In any business that most valuable asset you have is your team. Investing in their education is the single best investment any leader can make. In a tine where guests will travel great distances for a unique adventure or to simply disconnect, it’s important to recognize that every packaged experience is a symbiotic relationship between…

CHTAAUGUST 2015
Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association
Building Digital Marketing Strategies for the Hospitality & Tourism Industry

As mobile technology evolves and consumer behavior becomes more defined in the online space; understanding how to successfully manage and execute digital marketing strategies are vital to converting leads into actual sales for an Hospitality & Tourism brand..

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Bloomberg Business
You Just Bought a Private Island. Now What?
 

You see it listed online: a seven-acre island off the coast of Belize, surrounded by clear blue water and striking distance from an untouched barrier reef. Price: 492,000 pounds, or around $760,000. “You couldn’t buy a 1 bedroom in Williamsburg for that price,” you say to yourself, and after a few clicks and a phone call, you’re the proud owner of a tropical…

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Hamilton Bermuda
 
A Vision for Hamilton
 

Researchers reading this Hamilton bicentennial book in 25 (2040) or 50 (2065) years from now will probably be amazed at how much Hamilton has changed and also remained relatively the same; the same reaction as readers have today when considering the changes within the City between 1965 and 1990.

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American Way, Celebrated Living
Private Island Escape
 
If lounging by a pool in your own waterfront villa far from crowds and cruise ships sounds like an ideal escape, then Oil Nut Bay in the British Virgin Islands is the place to call home for a week — or forever. With building sites and villas for sale and rent on a remote peninsula accessible only by boat or helicopter, this multigenerational residential community…

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Green Globe
Assuring Success with Compliance Audits
 

A typical audit day is me, up at the crack of dawn inputting parameters from the time i arrive to the time I depart. I make it a point to view the grounds thoroughly and speak with members of the resort staff both on the Green Team and off. In depth analysis of the property’s management systems and polices, assurance of their operations and the impacts the have both on the bottom line (economics) and..

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Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association
Designing For the Palette
 

The design of a restaurant or bar is as important as the food and drinks it serves. The right balance of the best ingredients will give you a winning design recipe anytime! ½ cup of Form – Cater to the senses: the usual suspects set the mood with good atmosphere and soft lighting, but we are seeing a new trend in restaurant design – “home kitchen”..

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Cayman Compass
New Treasure Island Owners Promise Massive Investment in Hotel 
 

A Canada-based property development firm aims to invest US $70 million to renovate the Treasure Island resort after agreeing to a deal to buy a controlling stake in the beleaguered Seven Mile Beach venue. The property will be completely gutted and transformed into a branded hotel, according to Michael Wilkings, chief operating officer of the Howard Hospitality Group.

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The Royal Gazette
Bermudian Hotel on the Heels of Richard Branson
 

Denaye Hinds frequently visits exclusive Caribbean resorts but relaxing is the last thing on her mind. She’s there to check out their work. The Caribbean Journal just named the 30-year-old Bermudian the third most influential person in the Caribbean in terms of environmental sustainability. She was praised for her work with OBM International’s Green Globe Certification programme, a tourism seal of approval scheme.

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Caribbean Journal
New $300 Million Mixed-Use Resort Project Breaks Ground in Antigua
 

A major new project has officially broken ground in Antigua. The $300 million Pearns Point project began in earnest with a ceremony this week. The project is slated to include 70 residential villas, 70 resort condominiums and the first Setai hotel in the Caribbean, according to the government. It is being developed by Orange Limited and designed by OBM International.

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Caribbean Journal
12 People who are Making the Caribbean a Greener Place
 

A native of Bermuda, Hinds is Bepassionate about islands, and passionate about sustainability. She’s the director of sustainability at regional design firm OBMI and advises hotel and real estate properties around the region on sustainable operations and design. While sustainability is a big buzz word in the region..

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Green Globe
Water – An Important Resource
 

With World Water Day having just passed, it is a great time to reflect on the importance of this resource which we often take for granted. It is estimated that women and children globally, spend 200 million hours every single say. simply collecting water. Yet often times we take for granted the luxury we have with out abilities to simply turn on a tap and receive water.

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BVI Platinum News
Marvin Flax: From Practicing Drafting After School to Managing Director of OBMI
 

Marvin E. Flax has been appointed Managing Director of OBMI BVI, which was established in 1967, and over the years OBMI has been instrumental in establishing much of the built infrastructure of the islands. With the various leaders and directors paving the way for over four decades, Marvin is next to embark on this new journey.

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The Bermudian
Residential Winner: Castle Point
 

When one thinks of castles, stoic kings and queens bedecked in furs and jewels certainly come to mind. While the new owners of Castle Point may not wear crowns per se, they certainly must feel like royalty every time they visit their beautiful new vacation retreat located at the easternmost point of Tucker’s Town.

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The Bermudian
Artists View: Michele Smith
 

Artist and interior designer Michele Smith was for in Toronto, Canada and moved to Bermuda in 1985 to work at OBMI. Fittingly, her subject matter primarily features local architecture and landscapes and she is a member of the Plein Air Group. Michele has been married to Colin Smith for 25 years and has two children, Ben and Jacqui.

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Luxury Locations. The Magazine
Unparalleled Perfection

Atop a pristine peninsula on Antigua’s winsome west coast – home to some of the island’s most celebrated vistas – the country’s most hotly anticipated development is rapidly taking shape. Less than a year since its official launch, the Pearns Point resort and residential development has already garnered a significant amount of sales interest with 20 per cent of the resort now sold.

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Caribbean Journal 
St. Lucia’s Capella Marigot Bay Resort Planning – Dec. 15th Opening

The Capella Marigot Bay resort in St. Lucia is targeting Dec. 15 for its opening, according to the property’s web site. The hotel will feature 57 suites and 67 guest rooms and a special “Rum Cave,” along with an Auriga spa, among other features. The property was formerly known as the Discovery Hotel; it was purchased in 2013 by a group of New York investors.

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Luxury Locations. The Magazine
Starting with a Blank Slate
Every year, more and more people choose to bypass conventional house-hunting in favor of designing and creating their own home. Starting from scratch comes with a wealth of advantages: a bespoke design that meets your needs – rather than those of a developer – and the potential to reduce costs, are just two.

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Katara Hospitality
Katara Hospitality Appoints International Design Firms for The Tazi Palace in Morocco
 

Katara Hospitality, the global hotel developer, owner and operator based in Qatar, has announced the appointment of international design partners, who will develop its first Moroccan property – the Tazi Palace Hotel in Tangier. Hospitality design firm OBM International (OBMI), engineering partner Alatec and interior design specialists, The Gettys Group, are working together for the renovation project that…

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Guardian Trinidad & Tobago
Bhagwansingh’s Commercial Centre
 

Bhagwansingh’s Commercial Centre will be a modern five storey structure with a glass and composite metal cladding facade, provide 104,000 square feet of office space, four elevators, a service elevator, 230 parking spots for customers and basement parking for tenants. This building will be completed in 18 months at a cost of $145 million. The architectural design of the building was done by Mr. Thomas McCartney from OBMI…

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Bernews
BEST Comments on Bermudiana Beach Resort
 

BEST said they are “pleased to see that the resurrection of the development formerly known as Grand Atlantic is taking shape,” saying the latest plans for the project, renamed Bermudiana Beach Resort, “appears to us set to transform the boxy, gray, stone buildings into pastel-hued and livable tourist residences.”

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ETN Global Travel Industry News
Luxury Resort Calabash Grenada Certified by Green Globe
 

Guests of Calabash Grenada can indulge in the luxury offered by the resort knowing that great effort is put into sustainable tourism through Green Globe. Green Globe is the global certification for sustainable tourism. Its members save energy and water resources, reduce operational costs and promote environmentally friendly ethics.

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Bernews
Videos: Talks Outline Acute Care Wing Project
 

In order to put a human face on the island’s Acute Care Wing, the Bermuda Hospitals Board (BHB) has released a series of videos that include open discussions with people close to the project, including its lead engineer, the BHB President and CEO, the project manager, and others. The Acute Care Wing is currently very close to completion and opening, with the BHB offering tours of the facility in advance of it beginning to serve the public.

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Hotel Business
Capella Hotel Group Pushes Portfolio Growth for Namesake Brand
 

Capella had been operating the property up until May when it closed for its multimillion-dollar remake, which is being handled by design firm, OBM International. The objective is to combine modern design with a sense of place amid the multi-layered landscape of the resort, which features penthouse on its upper levels, restaurants and two pools in the middle – a third pool with a waterfall feature is to be added – and the marina at ground level.

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Bernews
Local Companies Named: Grand Atlantic Project
 

OBMI and Coldwell Banker Bermuda Realty have been named as the local companies that will work with international firm MacLellan and Associates to assist in the repurposing of the Grand Atlantic development into a new tourism product to be known as the “Bermudiana Beach Resort”.

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Real Life
Architects Shaping the Caribbean
 

Despite having offices around the globe today, no matter where OBM International’s visionaries, designers and architects may be working, their intent remains that same as that set out by its Bermudian founders almost 80 years ago: to create and sense of place.

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Virginal Escape
 

Elegantly snuggled into the Eastern tip of Virgin Gorda and just two hours from Miami International Airport is the furtive cove called Oil Nut Bay. In a raven bathed in lush palms, golden sunrises, and luring turquiose waters, there lies the very exclusive retreat home to 88 sites and a small number of resort accommodations. Oil Nut Bay affords prestige and seclusion that is gently mixed with a community of elites.

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Caribbean Journal
Caribbean Design: Steve Fox on Outdoor Living in the Caribbean
 

ONE OF the first questions we ask a new client when embarking on the design process is: do you want to use air conditioning in your new home? For some, there’s no debate; the house will be a sealed box, and the temperature must be controlled at all times. However, more typically, the answer is not so straightforward, and it’s necessary to spend some time considering the pros and cons before coming to…

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Caribbean Journal 
Green Caribbean: It’s not Sustainability – It’s Common Sense
 

OVER THE YEARS, we have heard words and phrases like eco-friendly, green, eco-conscious, eco-lodge, go-green, greening our bottom line, conserving, preserving, sustaining. All of these relate to the act of considering the environment, being more conscious and wanting to market or consider something, anything and everything to be green.

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Building Bermuda 
If I were the Mayor
 

I would have put out an RFP (Request for Proposal), asking for the best city plan or a plan that deals with a structured redevelopment opportunity over 5, 10, and 25 years that would incorporate opportunities for renewal and enrichment of the city.

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Bermuda Real Estate Handbook
Making Your Real Estate Work for You

Have you ever thought of what to do with the extra bedroom and bath that sit empty while your kids are away at school? Ever needed the additional income to offset the school fees? Well, most of us probably have, but wonder “how do we make our real estate work for us”? Before you decide to add an apartment to rent to locals or visitors, think about what you can do within the framework of existing walls. What can I do internally to accommodate a short term or long-term rental? How can I make my rental space highest on every agent’s list?

gg_Logo_Client2JANUARY 2014
Green Globe
Leading Caribbean Luxury Boutique Resort Preserves the Environment

Located at the most beautiful white beach and turquoise blue sea in Aruba, the Manchebo Beach Resort & Spa has been a leader in sustainability and responsible tourism for years. This luxury boutique resort was the first Green Globe member to earn prestigious Gold Status in January 2008, and recently earned re-certification.

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Robb Report
Sailors’ Choice 

Several hundred years ago, the sandy coves and deep harbors of Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands were rumored to hide a pirate or two. In 2012, these natural treasures, not to mention several marinas and yacht clubs, made the island of just 8.5 square miles the clear choice for a group of avid sailors seeking a topical retreat.

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FPL FiberNet
OBM International Builds a Better Network Solution Based on FPL FiberNet’s Optical Backbone
 

OBM International Case Study: Customer Profile: OBMI is a global architectural design and master planning firm founded in Bermuda in 1936. Today OBMI has offices throughout the Caribbean, in South America, Europe and the Middle East. Most recently OBMI won international acclaim for its design work on the Royal Mansour Hotel in Marrakech.

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Robb Report
The Caribbean’s Epicenter of Yachting
 

The British Virgin Islands (www.bvitourism.com) can rightfully be called the sailing capital of the Caribbean, with steady trade winds, protected coves, white-sand beaches, and touquoise waters. The recent launch of Yacht Club Costa Smeralda in the North Sound of Virgin Gorda makes it a favorite of superyacht owners.

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South Florida Business Journal
K. Denaye Hinds | People on the Move
 
 

K. Denaye Hinds will oversee the full operations, programs and communications of USGBC Miami, working to ensure the organization becomes the top resource in the city for urban sustainability, education and opportunities. She also serves as the co-chair of the Sustainable Tourism Committee for the USGBC South Florida Chapter.

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Green Lodging News
OBM International’s Hinds Appointed Chair of USGBC
 

CORAL GABLES, FLA.—K. Denaye Hinds, Director of Sustainability with OBM International (OBMI), one of the world’s leading international architectural and planning firms, has been appointed Chair of USGBC Miami, a branch within the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) South Florida Chapter.

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Robb Report – Home & Style
Oil Nut Bay
 

Earlier this year, Oil Nut Bay, the yachting and real estate development on Virgin Gorda, completed its three Cliff Suites (from $795 per night). Two of the three OBMI-designed one-bedroom accommodations measure 890 square feet, while the thired – the penthouse – spans 1,334 sqaure feet and includes Fendi..

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Miami Beach News
Marketing Sustainability – Risk & Accountablility
 

Validation is crucial in all aspects of business. Ensuring that truthful marketing and measurement of a company’s sustainability goals can no longer be accomplished by simply stating an attractive line on one’s website, or determining a clever name for your enviorment consciousness program.

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Real Life
The Cliffs 
 

Gazing out on a hazy Caribbean scene, Christopher Columbus’ eyes settled on the dramatic shape of an arched, rocky island draped in velvety vegetation. Musing, he decided that it reminded him of a reclining woman. And so Virgin Gorda (‘the Fat Virgin’) was named. The fanciful explorer may have been among the first to appreciate this isle in the British Virgin Islands’ inherent beauty, but he was not the last.

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Real Life
Denaye Hinds Profile
 

With a degree in civil and environmental engineering and construction management with a sustainability focus, Bermudian K. Denaye Hinds leads OBMI’s Green Matters Centre of Excellence Design Studio. An island girl no matter where she resides, we sat down with this larger than life personality to learn more about her passions, work and sustainablity expertise.

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Caribbean Journal
Sustainable Caribbean: Corporate Social Responsibility & Caribbean Tourism
 

ENSURING THE LONGEVITY of Caribbean resorts and the surrounding communities in which they operate goes hand in hand. The unique advantage of island tourism is the potential direct and indirect impact that can be realized throughout the townships and parishes of the Caribbean. No longer does managing a tourism business only comprise the fundamentals of the operations and service, however.

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Going Green
Home Grown
 

With approximately four weeks of food supplies in Bermuda at any one time, being geograpically isolated and unable to independently support our population with locally grown produce, many locals are looking at urban agriculture to supplement their food basket options, save money and find healthier solutions.

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The Bermudian
The Backyard Garden
 

Who knew that your grandparents’ lifestyle when they were young would be so chic now in 2013? We have heard all the stories: back in the day, we kept a garden and raised chickens and traded with neighbours to get along. Fast-Forward to today, and for many, our grandparents’ experience is becoming recognized as a way of saving money and attain good health.

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PR Web
EMBRACE Resort Celebrates 1 Month to Soft Opening…
 

EMBRACE Resort, a 7 villa sustainable resort opening in Staniel Cay, Exuma announced today that it has entered The Exuma Cays into VirtualTourist.com’s quest to crown the “8th Wonder of the World.” EMBRACE is excited about the soft opening of the resort on July 1st which will feature 4 of their 7 villas.

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Caribbean Journal
Caribbean Culture and Sustainability
 

Sun, sand and beach may be realized anywhere, but what truly sets us all apart are the idiosyncrasies of our lush landscapes, varied flora, unique fauna indescribable naturesque scenery but most importantly, our identities as island people and the cultural essence of our natives. They say that money makes the world go round – I prefer to say that people make the world go round.

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Robb Report
Best of the Best
 
Thanks to its coastal-hillside setting on Virgin Gorda, Oil Nut Bay offers an ocean view with each of its 88 homesites ($2 million to $15 million).The 400-acre property launched in 2009 but came to fruition in the past year with the debut of its 8,700-square-foot beach club (with three swimming pools, a bar, and a restaurant), a wellness center, and three Cliff House villas where potential buyers can stay (Oil Nut Bay does not have a hotel) and get a taste of this exclusive Caribbean community.

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Miami Beach Community News
Corporate Social Responsibility and your Business
 

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) takes one many forms and can be considered, developed and accomplished in a number of ways. But how does one evaluate the business case for CSR within your sustainability policy? Is it truly better for your business and how you maintain the balance?

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Robb Report
The Robb Report 100 Hotels
 
Since ascending the throne in 1999, King Mohammed VI of Morocco has invested heavily to boost tourism in his country. The crown jewel of his efforts is Marrakech’s Royal Mansour hotel, an extravagant tribute to Moroccan decorative arts that is partly owned by the king himself. He spared no expense when building the nearly 3-year-old property, for which more than 1,000 Moroccan artisans collaborated over four years to craft a regal retreat that seems to be carved from the adjacent medina.

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Real Life
Today’s Caribbean Traveler
 

The Caribbean conjures up a unique image in any potential traveler’s mind; a tropical paradise, with the turquoise waters breaking on a sandy beach lined with tall coconut palms. The reality of the Caribbean is 28 island nations and 7,000 islands, each offering this tropical paradise in many different forms, with every island, and the people of the individual island having their own distinct charm and personality.

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USGCB South Florida
The Green Mile 5K Walk/Run 2013 Recap
 
The Miami-Dade Branch’s first Green Mile event on the beautiful Miami Beach boardwalk is a smashing success! They came out, ran, walked, made new friends, learned about the USGBC and how to build a sustainable environment … and had a blast! South Floridians were out in full force to participate in the first Green Mile 5K on Saturday February 2, organized by the Miami-Dade Branch of the USGBC South Florida Chapter.

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Building Bermuda
Bermuda Futurescapes
 

If you could draw up a blueprint for the ideal Bermuda of ten years’ hence, how would it look? What things would you change and would you keep and perhaps make more of? What completely new ideas would be on your list? Building Bermuda gave that brief to a group of architects, architectural specialists, interior designers and students of both fields from OBM International in Hamilton.

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Business Bermuda
Developing ‘Quantum Business Mechanics’
 

The New Year starts with great anticipation of change in the air and a renewed sense of purpose for the course of 2013. However the momentum of 2012 with it’s sense of uncertainty continues to exert downwayrd pressure on the economy and community at large.

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House, Garden, Kitchen & Bath
Aging in Place
 

Figures from the most recent census taken in 2012 show that 14% of the population of Bermuda is aged 65 and over. Age Concern Bermuda says that by 2030, the percentage of ‘seniors’ is likely to rise to 24% of the totoal population.

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The Property
Getting Your Home in Shape for the Long Term
 

If aging in your home is the best long-term decision for you, then it is important to consider engaging a professional to assist in planning your retirement home environment. A professional can assist by establishing your scope, your budget and your schedule.

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Virgin Island Property & Yacht
Home Design 101
 
For this issue, I thought I’d write about the design process; to give a summary, from an architect’s perspective, of the typical steps necessary for the creation of a successful design. Of course, no two projects are exactly alike, but there is a certain pattern to things—from the very first meeting to the completion of the construction documents to give to the builder.

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USA Today
New cruise port to open in Honduras
 
 
Construction is 80% complete at Banana Coast, a new Western Caribbean port in Trujillo, Honduras. Silversea Cruises became the first cruise line to commit to making a call at the new port, with the 296-passenger Silver Cloud scheduled to visit Banana Coast .

NOVEMBER 2012
Building Bermuda
Changing Face of Bermuda

 
 
Building Bermuda looks at the impact of OBM International as the firm celebrates it’s 75th anniversary.

NOVEMBER 2012
Conde Nast Traveler
Top 100 Best in the World Hotels, Islands, Cities, Cruises, Airlines

For the Top 30 Hotels located in the Caribbean & Atlantic Category, OBMI designed Scrub Island Resort, Spa & Marina takes the #24 spot!  It is also noteworthy to mention that the Top Island in the Caribbean & Atlantic is none other than the lovely island of Bermuda! Home of OBMI’s founding office over 75 years ago.

NOVEMBER 2012
Telegraph/ Travel
Caribbean 30 Best Holidays – Best for Tropical Chic

Splurge – The Caribbean has far fewer modern, stylish top-end hotels than, say, the Maldives. But one that does stand out is Carlisle Bay (campbellgrayhotels.com) in Antigua, an understated set-up with muted, contemporary decor.

NOVEMBER 2012
The Bermudian
OBMI Leads the Way in Accessible Design
 

In September, Bermudian architectural firm OBM International was recognized by the National Association for Seniors and the Physically Challenged (NOSPC) with the Built Environment Access Award for leadership in developing projects integrating accessibility for the physically challenged.

OCTOBER 2012
Bermuda Sun
How to Create a Home Office that Inspires You
 

With computers, iPads and tablets of all types becoming a standard in almost every home, it’s not uncommon to see home offices. A small home office can simply be an area where the computer is located or it can be the base for a home business.

OCTOBER 2012
Virgin Islands Property & Yacht
Reader’s Choice Awards

Best Resort – finds its way to Scrub Island, the private-island home to the newest Marriot Signature Series resort. Last year, Scrub won best resort pool, but hands over that title this year.

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Bermuda Sun
How Colour Can Affect Our Emotions

Colour is a powerful psychological tool. Start by asking yourself:  How do I want to feel when I’m in this room? Calm and focused? Energized? Relaxed? Secure? Once you have established what you want from your space, choosing the right colours can help you to create that feeling or emotion.

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Bermuda Sun
Plant a Winter Garden for Fresh Family Produce

The newest trend in kitchen appliances is ‘drawers’. They are being built into the appliances in place of doors, and the appliances are being built into them instead of on the counter top or under the cabinets. Dishwasher drawers hide your dishwasher, so you can enjoy convenience without sacrificing beauty.

AUGUST 2012
Bermuda Sun
Natural and Renewable: The Latest Trend in Floor Tiles

‘Going Green’ is becoming more and more the trend now and “natural and renewable” are the hottest trends in floor tiles.  This means more and more floor tile options to choose from. Cork, bamboo, linoleum and rubber have been added to the line-up of the usual suspects and have the added value of being ‘green’ and environmentally friendly.

AUGUST 2012
Virgin Islands Property & Yacht
Agape Approved Local Business Aim for Green Globe Certification

I talked about how we at OBMI had come to the conclusion that Green Globe is the most appropriate certification system for hotels in the Caribbean and how we should be working to introduce the system locally in the British Virgin Islands to help provide a framework for focused improvement for long-term economic, social and environmental sustainment.

JULY 2012
Bermuda Sun
Colour is Key to Combining Rooms

Decorating a living room/dining room combination can be tricky when trying to define the two spaces, but at the same time unifying them. Furniture placement, décor and the unified colours are key when designing the space to ensure visual and functional appeal, and flow. To enlarge the feel of the spaces, paint the living room and the dining room area the same neutral or pastel colour.

JULY 2012
Virgin Islands Property & Yacht
A Comfortable Fit

It was once stated that a person’s body is the proper measure of his property, as the foot is used to measure a shoe. Although this philosophical musing is from ancient times, it continues to have validity in the 21st century, particularly when discussing residential architecture.

JUNE 2012
Bermuda Sun
How to create the Perfect Barbecue or Outdoor Kitchen

Outdoor kitchens are becoming more and more popular and in Bermuda they can be used all year-round. If you are considering building one, here are some things to think about when planning it, and the perfect spot for entertaining. One of the most important decisions in planning your BBQ entertaining area is your budget.

JUNE 2012
Virgin Islands Property & Yacht
Windows & Doors

Windows and doors. Not the sexiest subject for an article- you might think. But wait! Before you turn the page, consider that the cost of these elements in a beautiful new home in the Virgin Islands can amount to between 15 to 25 percent of the overall building construction cost.

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Bernews
National Tourism Master Plan Released

A Town Hall meeting was held at the Berkeley Institute to discuss the National Tourism Plan, which was developed during the past five months through collaboration between Tourism & Leisure Europraxis and local partners OBM International with the Tourism Board and Bermuda Department of Tourism.
 

Tryall ClubMAY 2012
Bernews
Tucker’s Point Receives Sustainability Certification

OBM International said today [May 14] that Rosewood Tucker’s Point Hotel & Spa has received its Green Globe Certification, and in doing so, is the first resort property in Bermuda to be recognized in this way. The Green Globe Certification is an international, structured assessment of the sustainability performance of travel and tourism businesses and their supply chain partners.

MAY 2012
Virgin Islands Property & Yacht
Earth-Sheltered Architecture

Earth sheltering can be defined as the architectural practice of using earth against building walls for external thermal mass, to reduce heat loss, and to naturally preserve a steady indoor air temperature.

27 April 2012APRIL 2012
Bermuda Sun
Redesign your Home for your Advancing Years

OBMI has recognized the need for expertise when it comes to modifying homes to suit future needs. Our ‘Solutions for Seniors’ programme — a partnership between OBMI and Age Concern — is dedicated to linking seniors in Bermuda with a variety of healthcare services and home renovations (see www.ageconcern.bm).

APRIL 2012
Virgin Islands Property & Yacht
Gradually Going Green

The past decade has seen rapid rise of the United States’ green building movement. The US Green Building Council has developed from a small fringe group into a hugely influential and respected organization which has helped…

MARCH 2012
Bermuda Sun
Be Creative with your Garden Design

Whether you want to grow flowers or vegetables, the first and most important step is to locate the right spot for your garden. Start by looking at the different areas of your yard. Consider the amount of sunlight, wind and moisture that the different spots receive.

21 March 2012MARCH 2012
Bermuda Sun
How to Find Decorative Inspiration on a Budget
 
Paint is the cheapest and quickest way to change the look and feel of a room. A light colour palette is a great way to make a room appear larger. If you don’t have the time for a big-time paint job, just paint an accent wall in a high-contrast colour. With a single quart of your favourite colour paint, you can make a huge transformation.

MARCH 2012
Virgin Islands Property & Yacht
Tools of the Trade

We recently held a workshop in our office to train our designers to develop skills using the cutting-edged drawing production software Building Information Management, or BIM.

MARCH 2012
Real Life
Brian D’Ornellas Top Ten

Antiguan-born Brian has over 25 years’ experience in commercial, hospitality and residential architecture. Since his promotion to Regional Director in 2006, he has been crucial in developing OBM Internationals’ reach throughout the Caribbean and, closer to home, oversees the operations of both OBM Antigua and OBM Trinidad & Tobago. When not anchored to a desk, he can be found at sea.

15 February 2012FEBRUARY 2012
Bermuda Sun
How to Hang your Artwork to Best Effect

You spent a lot of time choosing just the right artwork for your home, and it’s well worth spending a little time and effort over arranging your display. Begin to think of the artwork as it relates to everything around it. Whether you are hanging a framed picture over a sofa, on a stairway wall or in the hall, each of these spaces will have elements to consider.

FEBRUARY 2012
Bermuda Sun
Tips on Laying Hardwood Flooring

Many homeowners are attracted to the simple elegance which hardwood flooring can bring to a home. That said, maintenance and installation is not easy when dealing with a genuine, solid wood floor. Wood is extremely susceptible to contraction and expansion if subjected to moisture.

JANUARY 2012
Bermuda Sun
Asthma doesn’t have to be a dirty word

I hate the word asthma says, Liz Boden of Open Airways, Bermuda’s own asthma and allergy expert. The Oxford English Dictionary says asthma is a disease of respiration, marked by intermittent paroxysms of difficulty breathing with a wheezing sound, cough and expectoration.

JANUARY 2012
Bermuda Sun
Preserve the Character of Old Pieces with Bonding Spray

Painting walls is one thing, but there are a few different measures you should take to ensure that your furniture-painting project is successful. We all have a favourite wooden piece that has seen better days. It just takes a little ingenuity and trust to give it new life with paint.

JANUARY 2012
Virgin Islands Property & Yacht
Soaking up the Sun

We have a surplus of sunny skies here in the Caribbean. This simple fact has long captured the imagination of architects, environmentalists and property owners and led us to the dream of powering our home, schools and places of work with solar energy.

DECEMBER 2011
Bermuda Sun
Make your Guests Feel at Home with Inviting Aromas

When your guests enter your house over the holidays, who doesn’t want to make a great impression with a cozy holiday feeling? From top-to-bottom you should spend some time giving your whole house a good ‘once-over’ cleaning.

DECEMBER 2011
Bermuda Sun
Insulate to Save on Energy

When it comes to insulating your Bermuda home, it is important to research and budget when deciding to install central air conditioning and heat. Our winters can be very damp, so insulation assists with keeping that damp humid air out while keeping your home warm and dry.

NOVEMBER 2011
BVI Property & Yacht
Idealistic Architecture

Architecture is fun. We become architects because we want to create, use our imagination, enjoy our job. And with every project, no matter how ordinary or mundane, we instinctively aim to build in some poetry, romance and adventure.

OCTOBER 2011
BVI Property & Yacht
Protecting your Investment

If there’s one subject which is raised every time we embark on a new design project, it’s the issue of durability and maintenance. Addressing the aggressive island environment is always fundamental to the needs of our clients.

SEPTEMBER 2011
BVI Property & Yacht
A Contemporary Vernacular

A contemporary architectural idiom that reflects the traditional vernacular, character, climate and culture of a place is an interesting challenge. For many architects this is the Holy Grail, allowing a freedom of “modern” design.

AUGUST 2011
BVI Property & Yacht
Developing Tourism in Rising Countries

In May this year, I had the privilege of being invited to attend the 2011 Fourth United Nations Conference on Least Developed Countries in Istanbul, to discuss the topic of sustainability and tourism. As chairman of OBM International, I was representing the tourism development industry,

JULY – AUGUST 2011
Real Life
Eco Chic Interiors

When one thinks of hip, elegantly designed interiors, rarely does the word ‘sustainability’ come to mind. Thankfully, with advances in materials and availability homeowners now have a bevy of green and fashion-forward options with which to adorn their abodes.

JULY 2011
BVI Property & Yacht
The Green Globe Summit

In May, I joined a group of 45 delegates at the Concorde Opera Hotel in Paris for three days of debate and discussion at the third annual Green Globe World Summit.

MIA_ROYAL MANSOUR MAIN GATE03JUNE 2011
Robb Report
Best of the Best Hotels – Royal Mansour Marrakech
 

When his Highness Mohammed VI, king of Morocco, decided to build a new luxury hotel in Marrakech, his demands were simple. He did not care how long it would take or how much it would costs; all he wanted was a hotel like none the world had ever seen – a showcase for his country’s traditional artistry and craftsmanship, and a destination that would rebrand Marrakech, the onetime hippie haven, as a world

JUNE 2011
BVI Property & Yacht
Designing Against Devastation

Contrary to popular belief, a hurricane in itself is not a natural disaster; rather, it’s an uncontrollable natural event which, if unleashed upon an unprepared community, can lead to a destructive, costly and deadly disaster.

MAY 2011
BVI Property & Yacht
Transcending Style – Thinking Feasibly and Fashionably

When first discussing a project with a new client, it’s always interesting to begin to piece together a picture of where their tastes lie; some will come in with reams of pages torn out of design magazines, with hundreds of photos of things they’ve seen and liked.

APRIL 2011
BVI Property & Yacht
BVI Building 101

If you’re thinking of building a home here in the British Virgin Islands, you’ll need to know about the various legal and regulatory requirements you are required to satisfy. These requirements aim to control development, for the good of the environment, the safety of the building occupants, and the long term success and sustainability of the investment in property.

MARCH 2011
BVI Property & Yacht
Green Building – Four Years Later

Back in 2007, I wrote a five-part series for Property Guide on the subject of green building which looked at the broader aspects of environmental sustainability and focused on more specific issues such as the economic consideration, energy and water efficiency.

FEBRUARY 2011
BVI Property & Yacht

Being an Architect in the BVI is Never Boring

Working as an architect in the British Virgin Islands, people I meet are often curious to know more about what it’s like- what do we design, who do we design for, is it enjoyable.

JANUARY 2011
Your Office in Bermuda
Warm and Welcoming

Introducing a new style and character to Bermuda. Welcome to Lancashire’s new offices.

DECEMBER, 2010 – JANUARY, 2011
BVI Property & Yacht

Testing it out for Myself

As architects, if we’re going to experiment with new materials and construction techniques, perhaps it’s only fair to try them out on our clients’ projects. I reviewed a number construction systems for my house at Ballast Bay, balancing tried and tested local skills with recent advances.

DECEMBER 2009 – JANUARY 2010
BVI Property Guide
An Architect’s Expertise

Hiring an architect when planning your home will typically save you money in the long run. An architect is a resourceful ally who will keep your project timing and costs on track whilst providing you with an original design that incorporates your wishes and also maximizes function and beauty.

NOVEMBER 2010
BVI Property Guide
The Architect’s House

When designing his own house, where does an architect begin? After 30 years designing homes for clients in the BVI, Tim Peck, Chairman of OBMI, understands the essential ingredients of a Caribbean home.

OCTOBER 2010
BVI Property Guide
The Economics of Tourism Development

The tourism industry and its economic bedfellow, tourism development, have taken a beating in the current economic recession. The first target in a weak economy is discretionary spending, and the nature of tourism is that it’s a luxury, not a fundamental need for an individual.

SEPTEMBER 2010
BVI Property Guide
Commercial and Institutional Design: Maintaining Sensitivity to Climate

Commercial and institutional buildings in the Caribbean have become less adapted to climate and environment in recent decades. We have gradually seen the advent of the air-conditioned, sealed box sometimes decorated with “traditional” elements as the standard model for office design.

JULY 2010
BVI Property Guide
Green Globe Summit

As the tourism and hospitality industries become more sophisticated, and travellers everywhere become increasingly aware of the potentially harmful impacts of mass tourism on the planet, an urgent need has arisen for improvement in the sustainability of the planning, design, management and operations of hotels, resorts and other travel and tourism companies and related businesses.

MAY 2010
BVI Property Guide
Green Living: Designing for Durability

As an architect, it’s very satisfying to complete a project and see a client move into their fresh, new home, with everything bright, clean and crisp. But the real satisfaction is in knowing that the building is designed and built to last.

FEBRUARY 2010
BVI Property Guide
Giving First-Time Homebuyers the Option to Build

Custom, bespoke homes, designed by architects to the owner’s individual wishes and requirements, generally occupy the top end of the homebuilding market where the lucky few can have their own unique dreams and desires translated from loose and ephemeral ideas into built reality. Of course, this process involves a great deal of professional design time to interpret and analyze a preliminary collection of thoughts to develop a complete, working design which responds to..

Layout 1JANUARY 2010
Real Life Magazine
Baraka Point
 

The serendipitous moment that brought one couple to a boulder-strewn promontory on the west coast of Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands’ archipelago must surely have been written in the stars. ‘Baraka’, a Sufi word meaning..

JANUARY 2010
Your Office in Bermuda
Light and Prestigious

As Bacardi reached a decision to address the needs and requirements of their executive boardroom, they called on us to review either relocating or redesigning the existing space.

DECEMBER 2009
Bermudian Business
The New Boardroom

Telepresence meetings are the new cheaper, faster, greener alternative to bringing international executives together. Designers at OBMI share the latest technology and innovation for building a better telepresence room. Today, many corporations and organizations rely heavily on business travel as a traditional modus operandi for conducting face-to-face meetings.

JULY – AUGUST 2009
The Bottom Line
Private Advantage

When American Safety decided to make some changes to their Boyle Building home, including the unusual move of incorporating private offices, they turned to OBM Limited. Although the trend is to transform private office square space to open plan, American Safety Insurance Holdings Ltd. (ASIH) decided to do just the opposite with their recent refurbishment.

JUNE 2009
BVI Property Guide
BVI Style

Working as architects in the British Virgin Islands, we’re often asked if there is a BVI style and if OBMI has a signature style. In order to consider these questions, the history of the practice and the process of design should be considered.

MAY 2009
BVI Property Guide
Building Technology

At The Intersection of Piping, Wiring, and Concrete – Every region of the world has a “typical” form of construction. This may vary between residential and commercial construction but normally reflects climatic conditions and resource availability. In the Caribbean, over the last twenty (20) years or so, the typical form of construction has become reinforced concrete block.

2009
Trinidad Maco Magazine
Building by the Sea

Balmy sea breezes, coconut palms whispering in the wind, and pink and orange sunsets first come to mind when we think of owning an oceanfront property. The popularity of the Caribbean islands for second-home buyers, investors and tourists has brought much-needed financial growth and increased development activity in the residential, commercial and hospitality sectors.

2009
Trinidad Maco Magazine

The Big Storm

Every year from June 1 to November 30 residents of the Caribbean diligently prepare for the hurricane season. You may be captivated by the ideal bathing beach where you are building your property, however, this ideal location may create high storm surges.

NOVEMBER 2008
BVI Property Guide
Divine Proportion

In the time of ancient Greece, it was believed that the god Apollo spoke through the Delphic oracle. One of those prophetic riddles still rings true today: “Man, know thyself in true proportion.” In producing a painting, a building, a piece of sculpture, music, prose or poetry, an artist or architect usually seeks to achieve an experience of balance in the relationship of the parts to the whole.

SEPTEMBER 2008
BVI Property Guide
Expressions in Colour

OBM International’s Tim Peck describes the powerful role colour plays in self-expression among the Caribbean people, as seen through the built landscape. Colour conveys emotion. It tells a story. As blue is the colour of the sky and the sea, symbolizing faith and trust, red ignites passion, courage and love. Green embodies nature, and yellow gives energy…

AUGUST 2008
BVI Property Guide
Architect Review

Envisioning, Designing and Creating.
OBM International are more than just architects, they tell a story through the built environment. Architecture is much more than buildings or the materials used to build them. When one thinks of the pyramids in Egypt or the Parthenon of Ancient Greece, great civilizations come to mind instead of mere structures of white marble or stone.

JULY 2008
BVI Property Guide
Caribbean Green

The 12th Annual Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Investment Conference (CHTIC) was a significant breakthrough for the green movement – Sustainability and the global economic and environmental outlook, and the “greening” of existing and new hotels, mixed-use developments and vacation ownership, were high on the agenda of the topics of discussion at the 12th Annual Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Investment Conference (CHTIC) held in Port of Spain, Trinidad last month.

APRIL – MAY 2008
Bermudian Business
A Natural Fit

Bermuda is an exciting, dynamic marketplace that has been central to the insurance industry for several decades, There are many sophisticated, savvy buyers of insurance that either purchase their entire programme in Bermuda or who are seeking diversification of their insurance panel. For these reasons…

FEBRUARY – MARCH 2008
Bermudian Business
Redesigning the Workstation

Technology has afforded us a sedentary lifestyle, which in turn is making us increasingly overweight and/or unhealthy. Not surprisingly, becoming more active, whether that involves a stroll in the park or adopting a fitness programme, is one of the most popular goals for adults, particularly during this season, as New Year’s Resolutions are still top-of-mind…

DECEMBER – JANUARY 2008
Bermudian Business
Creative Work Environments Influence Productivity
 

In some form, We are all creative. Whether our creative outlet is through the visual arts, music or writing, these activities allow us to express to others our pleasures while reconnecting with ourselves. More often than not, today’s hectic world prevents us from performing these activities…

NOVEMBER – DECEMBER 2007
The Bottom Line
Banking on Church Street

Modern, convenient and efficient — just a few of the words bandied about by customers impressed with recent changes at HSBC Bank of Bermuda’s Church Street Branch. Years of planning and consultation went into the site’s transformation from it’s original 1960s design to the futuristic look it boasts today.

JUNE – JULY 2007
Bermudian Business
Image is Everything

In today’s highly competitive, global marketplace, image is everything. And nothing propels your corporate image more than the impression you make on employees, partners, and clients. This is why it pays to have quality interior design.

APRIL – MAY 2007
Bermudian Business
Un-Molding a Hazard

Living in a subtropical climate that is humid year round, mould is part of everyday life in Bermuda; we just don’t always see it. Bermuda’s environment and traditional building methods have assisted in its growth, in our homes, and to some extent in our commercial buildings.

FEBRUARY – MARCH 2007
Bermudian Business
Trend: Low-E Windows

The recent discussions on global warming and the endorsements of some countries for sustainable development, or living within our means, have spurred growth of new technologies to combat centuries of damage to the environment. Particularly, there is a demand for energy efficient products, and most importantly.

DECEMBER – JANUARY 2007
Bermudian Business
Park Place: Balancing City Development and open space takes foresight

Businesses looking to relocate in Bermuda are experiencing difficulty obtaining an ideal space and are suffering from a loss of expectation. Instead of a waterfront office with walk on boat moorings, many have to contend with less than enviable work environments…