Nestled between the magnificent Pitons of St Lucia, within a stunning UNESCO World Heritage Site you will find a unique living experience at Sugar Beach Residences. The collection of three to six bedroom homes all boast infinity pools, landscaped gardens and unbroken vistas across the rainforest, Pitons and warm waters of the Caribbean. Architect Lane Pettigrew has led the design of the property collection combining a West Indian aesthetic with a classic French colonial style to reveal the utmost comfort and quality.
Each property is bespoke, allowing owners to customize their build with a choice of furniture packages and layout changes ensuring every owner can make their house a home. Construction at Sugar Beach Residences has been undertaken using local Caribbean tradesmen ensuring the project makes use of local building traditions. This includes the hand chipping of indigenous stone for building foundations and cladding. Additionally all the timber used for frame construction and roof tiles is acquired from certified reforestation programs. [Photos and information provided via e-mail by Sugar Beach Residences]
Energy during the construction process was saved by using FSC-certified glulam timber instead of steel to create the building’s distinctive wavy roof, while the store’s external walls use hemclad, a highly innovative insulator made from hemp, which, like all plants, absorbs CO2 from the atmosphere as it grows. An 80,000 litre water tank below ground provides water for the store’s toilets and waters the site’s green wall’, which provides natural insulation, acts as an all-natural pollution filter near the car park, and helps to encourage biodiversity. The result is a building that uses a fraction of the energy of structures of a similar size, and is still very popular with local shoppers.
The best architects can create designs which will give clients and the public things they didn’t even realise they wanted, and this is especially important when architects are given the difficult brief of creating structures in much-loved, iconic areas.