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An Organic Tropical Retreat From Kahn Apprentice John Hix

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Photos by Michael Grimm

Location: Vieques, Puerto Rico
Hotel Name: Hix Island House
The Skinny: In the hills of the island of Vieques off the coast of Puerto Rico, architect John Hix, once a student of concrete overlord Louis Kahn, has constructed this unique hotel complex according to the Wabi-Sabi principle of design, a philosophy almost diametrically opposed to Modernism's attempts at achieving perfection. Custom wood furniture, unglazed windows, and eco-friendly design elements are all employed to blend the Hix Island House nto the lush, organic surroundings, largely effectively. "To me, things that I find in Nature"—capital "N," of course—"are more fascinating and beautiful than things that are made by man," Hix writers on the hotel's official site. "I strive to make my buildings fit with nature." And what a place that striving has produced! Hix has created six different buildings, each with its own name, style, and limited number of rooms to keep the atmosphere intimate, reflective and relaxing. Those rooms are utilitarian, but pleasant: open to the sea breezes, with custom made beds clad in Marimekko linens, fully equipped kitchens, and solar-heated outdoor showers.

· Hix Island House [Official Site]
· All Hotels Week 2014 posts [Curbed National]