Designed as an exclusive retreat on a cliffside site, this space is a re-imagination of a contemporary Caribbean bungalow.
The design for the space evolved out of a close relationship with the Client, the Director of the Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary (TBA 21), who is also an avid Art Collector and Commissioner, Environmentalist, Intellectual and Philanthropist. The project was commissioned after extensive discussions on the meaning, scale, positioning and materiality of a construct within this particular context. The building’s use is non-specific, its location on a rugged Cliffside site with limited accessibility through a dense forest, identifies it as a Retreat, an escape in architectural contrast with the other buildings on the property. The Retreat is designed and positioned to allow the user to fully experience the natural landscape of rugged limestone rocks and uninterrupted horizons. With a simple palette of poured concrete, stone, wood and glass, the building is intended to be a re-imagination of a contemporary Caribbean bungalow.
Atelier-Vidal Ltd. is an Award winning, design oriented firm founded in 2012 by Architect Vidal Dowding. We are focused on openness of thought, collaborative design and responsive critique, which lead to the generation of new creative ideas.
Vidal Dowding is a registered Architect and member of the Jamaican Institute of Architects. He obtained both a Bachelor of Arts in Architectural Studies (First Class Honours) and a Master of Architecture Degree from the Caribbean School of Architecture at the University of Technology Jamaica. Vidal has lived in a number of Caribbean countries and has developed an appreciation for the multitude of cultural differences that influence the architecture of the tropics. Arriving in Jamaica in 1997, he has worked for acclaimed Architectural Firms Alberga Graham Jamaica, Marvin Goodman & Associates (MDG), and principally at Harold Morrison+Robert Woodstock Associates (HMRW) where he was an Associate between 2010 and 2012.
Since founding Atelier-Vidal Ltd. and US based product procurement company Atelier-Vidal Inc. in 2012, Vidal has led of team of highly talented, motivated and creative individuals, each with degrees in Architecture. Our passion and drive for excellence was recognized in 2014 by the Governor General’s Award of Merit for Resort Design on the Trident Hotel, the Firm’s first project.
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