Residential development 'Honeycomb' destined for New Providence Island
Honeycomb is a stand-out new scheme released by Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), HKS and MDA for the Albany beach and golf community in New Providence Island in The Bahamas. The residential building spreads over 175,000 sq ft and has been designed as the centrepiece of the Albany masterplan.
This contemporary residential building gets its name from the hexagonal pattern that defines its façade, creating deep-set balconies each featuring a private pool. These pools all enjoy a transparent edge towards a neighbouring plaza to enhance viewing over the community activity below. Each balcony also benefits from summer kitchens, enabling private open-air entertainment opportunities.
Bjarke Ingels explains: “Our design is driven by an effort to maximise the enjoyment of the abundant natural qualities of Albany in The Bahamas: the landscape, the sea and the sun. A honeycomb façade functionally supports the pools making them sink into the terrace floor and provides spectacular sight lines while maintaining privacy for each residence. Drawing inspiration from its coastal setting, the hexagonal design evokes the natural geometries you find in certain coral formations or honeycombs.”
On the ground level, the façade pattern melts into the pavement of the plaza, creating a subtle topography on the square. Along the edge, various hexagons transform into green mounds with plants, palm trees, and integrated seating. The center of the square is formed by a shallow pond, which is fed by fountains scattered around the plaza, and a network of small creeks between the hexagonal pavers.