Press > Real Life Caribbean Showcases Casa del Cielo Residence

Real Life Caribbean Showcases Casa del Cielo Residence

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Home in Cayman Designed To Open It's Roof To the Sky

OBMI designed Casa del Cielo as a family home in Vista del Mar that takes a different approach to the indoor-outdoor living concept, by opening the roof to the sky.

When Chris and Kristy Capewell began to discuss designs for the house they would build together, light and openness were key concepts – but a glass roof was not initially on their list of ‘must haves’. It was one of Chris’ more outlandish suggestions, which along with an indoor koi carp pond and the glass-fronted wine storage, found their way into the final design.

With three young children, many of the Capewell’s priorities were practical - a central open plan kitchen and dining area, the family’s bedrooms all on the same floor, a play room that was easy to supervise and outside space where the kids could kick a ball around - but Kristy’s art and design background, Chris’ creative ideas, and the guidance of architect Tim Peck and Mikki Chin of OBMI, enabled them to incorporate some striking design features into this functionality.

Tim envisioned the initial design concept, then Mikki helped translate it into reality working alongside Phoenix Construction to ensure it was built to the client’s original vision.

“The original concept was based upon a reinterpretation of the traditional Mediterranean villa, centered around a courtyard as the active hub of the house,” Tim explains. “In this case the courtyard became enclosed and conditioned, with all social spaces and the upper circulation gallery leading off this ‘courtyard’.”

A double-height dining room thus occupies the courtyard, with the kitchen, sunken living room and playroom leading off it, and the master suite and children’s bedrooms are accessed from the first floor gallery.

Although the courtyard was originally designed with a flat roof, set above narrow windows that would allow light to filter through, Chris’ radical idea of replacing the solid roof with a glass atrium transformed the design into something spectacular.

“Tim was amazing to work with because of the way he absorbed and realized ideas like this so effortlessly,” Kristy says.

Now, not only do they have the light and airy quality they wanted but they can sit indoors and see airplanes, storm clouds, and frigate birds passing over head by day, and revel in the sight of the moon and stars at night.

Occupying this central space is a stunning dining table, topped by a single slice of sustainably sourced chamcha wood, with a cluster of spherical pendant lights, made from wispy strands of fibreglass, suspended above it. “We always eat at the table in this house because it is where everyone wants to be,” the owners note.

Due to the covenants governing Vista del Mar, the exterior is Mediterranean in style and is finished in earthy, terracotta tones, whilst the interior aesthetic is fresh and bright. The high gloss white kitchen cabinetry, installed by Pooley Cabinets, and the pale wood-look floor tiles from ITC create a crisp, clean background that offsets the lush greenery visible through the large windows.

A few steps down from the dining room, a snug living room with a family-size corner sofa opens onto an outdoor dining patio with pull down fly screens, ideal for entertaining. For family nights in, a home cinema, complete with seats salvaged from Camana Bay cinema, make movie nights a special occasion.

Kristy’s own artwork, much of which follows an ornithological theme, with colours cleverly matching the tones of the furniture, adds personality and colour, whilst the bold use of hardwood softens the clean, contemporary lines.

“I love the warmth and texture that the natural materials bring,” Kristy says. “The touches of wood sit so beautifully beside the modern glass features.”

Oversize rustic wooden barn doors slide across to close off the playroom from the dining room when not in use and in the master bedroom, the same doors complement the solid hardwood bed, sourced on island from Absolutely Fabulous.

The ingeniously designed open staircase, with custom made cantilevered timber treads, that winds all the way up to a third floor office and roof terrace, only found its full expression as the build progressed. Wrapping around a stairwell lit by the same hanging lights as the dining room, it was only when the concrete was being poured that it occurred to the owners to put a pond and fountain at the base. The soothing sounds of trickling water, they say, greatly enhance the sense of calm inside, whilst a security system installed by the Security Centre affords them peace of mind.

For Chris, an avid fisherman, having a dock for his boat was essential, and with young children, a safe neighbourhood where they could play outdoors was key. The lot at Vista del Mar ticked both boxes and was large enough to put in a pool, lawn and a section of Astroturf for the kids to play on. Moreover, because the land had not been cleared, they were able - with the help of Vigoro Nursery - to preserve many of the established trees at the front of the house, providing a habitat for the birds they love.

Encouraged by both OBMI and Phoenix, Chris and Kristy were very involved throughout the design and construction process. With changing skies always visible overhead, the relaxing trickle of an indoor fountain and verdant, green surroundings, the Capewells have created a family haven perfectly tailored to their personalities. Better still, Kristy says, the house has given her the space, light and inspiration to pursue her painting more seriously and she is slowly reclaiming the butler’s pantry off the kitchen as her art studio.

 

 

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Press > El Rancho Hotel & Convention Center Contracted for Construction

El Rancho Hotel & Convention Center Contracted for Construction

Design, Projects

Société Immobilière et Financier SA (SIF), owner of the El Rancho Hotel, signed a contract on Friday, January 26, 2018 with Estrella for the construction of the largest convention center in Haiti designed by OBMI. The contract covers more than $ 16.5 million and will allow Haiti to have a modern convention center capable of hosting more than 1,300 people in theater format.

The president of the SIF, Dr. Réginald Boulos, signed the contract with the vice-president of the Estrella group, Mr. Manuel Genao, at the El Rancho Hotel Bellevue Hall on January 26th. OBMI completed the master plan and architectural design for Villa Creole, El Rancho.

El Rancho Hotel & Convention Center will be erected in the El Rancho hotel zone with direct access to the Bourdon road via a four-lane road also built by Société immobilière et financier SA (SIF). It will feature a capacity of more than 1,300 people (in theater mode), will be modular and can be transformed as needed into smaller rooms from 100 to 500 places. It will also have a covered parking of 400 places.

The financing of this important investment in the town of Pétion-Ville is provided entirely by Haitian funds, from shareholders of the company and financial institutions, according to information obtained by the newspaper.

In addition to having the largest area to accommodate any type of event, the El Rancho Hotel & Convention Center will have a covered parking of more than 400 places. Visitors will have from the parking access directly to the foyer of the convention center, according to the plans of the architectural firm.

Reproduced from the original article printed in Le Nouvelliste.

 

 

 

Press > OBMI Designs Largest Convention Center in Haiti

OBMI Designs Largest Convention Center in Haiti

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Réginald Boulos, the President of Société immobilière et financier S.A. (SIF), owner of El Rancho Hotel, has signed a $16.5 million contract with Manuel Genao, Vice President of the Dominican firm Estrella, for the construction of the largest Convention Center in Haiti as part of the Villa Creole master plan.

The Center, designed by the U.S. architectural firm OBM International, with a capacity of more than 1,300 people (in theater mode), will be modular and can be transformed as needed into smaller rooms from 100 to 500 places. It will also have a covered parking of 400 places.

Fully Haitian financing of this future convention center will be provided by shareholders of the CIF and financial institutions. The work should begin in February and last 18 months.

Reproduced for original article in ICI Haiti

 

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Press > Rosewood Announces OBMI to Design Half Moon Bay Antigua

Rosewood Announces OBMI to Design Half Moon Bay Antigua

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Rosewood Hotels and Resorts has been tapped by Vancouver-based Replay Destinations to manage the new Rosewood Half Moon Bay Antigua, which is slated to debut in Antigua in 2021.

The OBMI-designed resort will be situated on 132 spectacular oceanfront acres along Half Moon Bay, which is internationally lauded as one of the world’s most spectacular beaches. The former Half Moon Bay Hotel was established in the 1950s and for decades was a sought-after vacation destination and resort playground for the international jet set. The new Rosewood will feature 47 pavilion-style suites, including a three-bedroom presidential suite. Each accommodation will feature breath-taking ocean views and thoughtful amenities finely tuned to the desires of today’s affluent explorer, including private infinity plunge pools, hammocks, open-air baths and showers and live orchid walls in each bathroom.

Boasting a design that reflects the lush locale, the aesthetic borrows from historic Caribbean and architectural pioneers to offer a classic and timeless feel coupled with modern amenities and services.

“With its secluded location and breathtaking beach, Half Moon Bay is one of the world’s most stunning hidden gems and a natural destination for Rosewood’s affluent explorers,” said Sonia Cheng, Chief Executive Officer of Rosewood Hotel Group. “We look forward to integrating Rosewood’s Sense of Place philosophy into Antigua’s incredible natural environment, to create unforgettable experiences for our guests.”

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Press > OBMI Part of Team Awarded Bermuda Airport Design

OBMI Part of Team Awarded Bermuda Airport Design

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Representatives of the Bermuda Government, the Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC), Aecon, and Bermuda Skyport Corporation Limited joined together to officially break ground on the new 277,300 sq. ft. airport terminal and announced OBM International as one of the four local firms awarded Bermuda airport design contracts.

In the redevelopment project for Bermuda's L. F. Wade International Airport, OBMI will be responsible for both the architecture and landscape architecture, working with Aecon to review and provide input on the design development of the new passenger terminal. As the principal liaison in Bermuda between the design and construction teams, OBMI will ensure all conditions of the planning permissions are adhered to.

“Local expertise is invaluable in every project and we’re delighted to be working with these Bermudian firms,” said Frank Ross, Aecon’s executive director of infrastructure.

“Having worked with them during the design phase, we know the local talent that they can bring to the table. We’re happy to have them as partners as we begin the construction phase of the project.”

The construction phase of the project is expected to last until the first quarter of 2020.

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Press > Tim Peck Talks Scrub Island and Luxury Development

Tim Peck Talks Scrub Island and Luxury Development

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Caribbean Journal Discusses Scrub Island with OBMI Chairman

Caribbean Journal sits down with Tim Peck to discuss OBMI’s latest design project, Scrub Island in the British Virgin Islands, a residential and resort property off Tortola. Peck talked to Caribbean Journal about the Scrub Island project, about making Caribbean hotels environmentally friendly, and how the capitalization of luxury development in the region has changed.

What was the design process like for Scrub Island?


We designed the initial master planning on the property, then did all of the detail design work for the architecture and the marina, and took it through the approval process. I was somewhat involved in the construction process as well. It’s an interesting project, it’s fairly unique in terms of what’s been happening in the Caribbean recently. It’s basically developing an island from nothing. There was nothing there, no infrastructure, it was what you call a “virgin” Virgin Island. We literally had to start from scratch with the planning process and think about how we could preserve as much as we could of the character and personality of the island, while still managing to produce a development which produces the financial criteria for the developers. Everything was kept in its virgin, natural form. On the north side, which has a beautiful beach, we kept that, with virtually no development at all. The only thing there is, is a small beach bar. One of the other interesting things is that there was a lot of discussion during the process about the name of the island, because obviously “scrub” is not one of the more romantic names you can get for a resort. But what is nice, are the origins of it. About 350 years ago, the British Virgin Islands was a haven for pirates and buccaneers in the eastern Caribbean. And what they used to do was take their boats to Scrub Island and haul them out on the shallows and actually scrub the barnacles off the bottom of the boats, hence the name Scrub island. It does have some nice bit of history. Now the only kind of scrubbing you get there is the exfoliation you get in the spa!

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