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.
We designed the 3,000 s.f. home to be narrow to take advantage of the air currents from the windward side (front) of the house and through to the ocean side (leeward). 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