Clients Davidson & Mc Dowell visited my stand at a Grand Designs Exhibition in London. Originally from Jamaica, they were keen to build a home there in preparation for their retirement in a few years’ time. Having done my initial architectural training in Jamaica and worked in a few Caribbean islands, I was able to demonstrate competence in understanding what they required and discussed with them how their design and structure would differ in an environment with such a different type of climate, architecture style and building requirements.
The design is based on having separate individual accommodation over two floors, with the lower level able to function as an income generating accommodation, while the upper level functions as a family home. Access to the family is via an impressive set of dual feature stairs which come together on the verandah for views over their garden and beyond. The steel and glass balustrades contrasts against the white marble steps, while a central glass canopy (while providing cover for the lower floor entrance), adds a touch of flair to the building. The pastel coloured walls also contrast against the white double glazed framed windows and the red tiled floor.
While typically Caribbean in style and design, the villa’s pitched roof and dormers hint of traces of English design as a nostalgic reminder to the clients of their time living in the UK.