The next international project from the starchitect noisemakers at Bjarke Ingels Group is big, if a bit obvious, on natural geometries: a mid-rise condo with a huge honeycomb-shaped façade at Albany Bahamas, a resort that Tiger Woods has upwards of $400M invested in. The Honeycomb's nooks enclose 34 luxury units ranging from 3,000 to 8,000 square feet, each equipped with a private outdoor pool and summer kitchen. Alongside collaborators HKS and Michael Diggiss Architects, BIG designed the 175,000-square-foot condominium to help tenants "maximize the enjoyment" of "the landscape, the sea and the sun," which they should know a thing or two about, having also designed a pair of twisted towers that are sure to be the life of the structural party in sun-kissed Miami Beach.
The ground floor will be partially devoted to high-end retail, which should provide a good amount of foot traffic for the plaza planned for the front of the building, an area divided into (you guessed it) hexagonal sections spaced around a central fountain. Though this is the first development by an architectural it-boy to come to the resort, the place was named after a pink colonial mansion on its grounds called the Albany House, which was formerly owned by French filmmaker and Inspector Gadget-creator Jean Chalopin, and served as the beachfront home of Bond's nemesis in Casino Royale, though we know of a few places that also would have been suitable.
· BIG Unveils "Honeycomb" Condominium for Bahamas Resort [Arch Daily]
· All previous Bjarke Ingels Coverage [Curbed National]