The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has launched a competition for the design of a new luxury resort on a Private Island in the Bahamas.
The client is looking to create a highly sustainable destination that will attract diverse groups of travellers, the yachting community and residents, whilst preserving the surrounding natural beauty of the island.
The island, that once was home to a pineapple plantation, currently has no formal residential infrastructure, no roads, no power and no water supply. It features a shallow inland lagoon in the centre of the island and a thin peninsula which juts out 11 km (7 miles) east. The site for the planned development is a total of 107 acres.
The project revolves around three key areas to be developed on the island: a Beach Club, a Marina, and fully equipped bookable accommodation. Entrants will have the opportunity to submit designs for one or more of these categories.
The design competition is a two-stage process. The first stage will include the anonymous assessment of concept design ideas and selection of a longlist of up to 10 concepts for each category. The second stage will include a shortlisting process, whereby those selected will be asked to refine their ideas following feedback and the shortlisted designers will be invited to present their refined concepts to the Evaluation Panel. A prize of £25,000 will be awarded to the overall winner with another £25,000 prize fund distributed amongst other prize winners as agreed by the Panel.
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