le cabanon
Joe Fletcher

Le Cabanon

Studio Rick Joy as Architects

A three-bedroom family retreat located on the southwest coast of Providenciales, in the Turks and Caicos Islands. The site is composed of 21,000 square feet of porous iron shore rock along a shallow inlet of white sand and bright turquoise water.

 

The Home, surrounded by rich native vegetation and cohabitated by the daily winds of Chalk Sound National Park, is constructed with exposed cast-in-place white concrete walls and warm-colored mahogany hardwood doors, windows and ceilings.

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The structure is elevated and accessible on the same horizontal plane throughout. This platform connects the entire program and its two separate masses: the elongated bar to the west which contains the private areas while protecting the retreat from the street, and the standalone Pavilion which sits proud and is open to the water and main views.

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The main pavilion is an open-air living-dining-kitchen space that utilizes proper cross ventilation instead of air conditioning. The form atop the living space is an asymmetric single hip roof with an operable triangular window at the leeward tip that draws the air through to maximize cross-ventilation.  

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Water is harvested and stored in a large cistern underneath the main terrace and Solar Panels are placed below the parapet on the flat roof.  The white concrete walls comprise locally sourced sand and aggregate thus reducing the imported building materials usually used there.  These walls keep the interior spaces cool during the hot and humid days, as well as serving as a robust shield from hurricanes. 

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