Virgin island residence
St. Thomas, USVI
Located on a high promenade 800 feet above the Caribbean Sea, the 3,000 sf residence is a play of opposites. The epoxy coated steel girders and I-columns are juxtaposed against the natural Caribbean setting of tropical plants, rock, and vast skies. The plan is simple and straightforward. Based on a 4-square grid, the steel structural members provide the framework for the play of interior and exterior spaces. The ship-like detailing further blurs the distinction between industrial and residential architecture – a modernist approach. On the North and West facades, the steel-framed exterior panels are glazed with white ceramic tiles and stucco. Cantilevered window boxes are clad with painted stainless sheet metal.