The owner and his family became scuba diving enthusiasts and made the island of Bonaire one of their prime diving destinations. After several years of venturing down from the Midwest they decided to purchase the lot and build a house for themselves. The owner had four requirements for the design. First, he wanted the house to be designed to provide natural air circulation through the house because electric is very costly on the island. Running of air conditioning is costly. Second, every occupied space had to have a view of the ocean. Third, the house design could not look like it came from an American suburb like so many of the houses on the island. Finally, the house had to have wide overhangs, so the intense sun did not shine directly into the house which was accomplished through computer generated sun studies. The owner would use the house about 4-6 times a year and sometimes he would possibly rent out the house to friends and guest. The master bedroom was to be on the ground floor and had storage space that was only available to the owner. The three bedrooms upstairs were to be individually locked so only rooms that were needed would be accessible.
We designed the 3,000 s.f. home to be narrow to take advantage of the air currents from the leeward side (front) of the house and through to the ocean side. We incorporated sliding doors behind the front wood louvers and on the opposite wall, sliding windows in the shower. Each bedroom had casement windows on the front and sliding doors on the balcony side. There are unobstructed views of the ocean from the bedrooms, bathrooms and living areas.
Photography by Marcel van der Hoek and Lorenzo Mittiga