Berry Islands, the Bahamas2012 3,109,000 m²
For Bonds Cay, a privately owned island in the Bahamas, Rafael Viñoly Architects PC was commissioned to design a master plan for the entire 4.25-mile-long island, as well as concept designs for individual villages. The result is a unique year-round resort community with an arts and culture program that is central to the overall development; with three planned communities and an array of lots for private development, the design creates a variety of living and resort options.
The main village, the “Citadel,” is nestled in hills at the northern tip of the island, around a marina and retail area built into a natural cove. The village comprises five distinct clusters, with private residences centered on a hotel and club, a sports complex, an amphitheater, or one of two art galleries. One of the rings is devoted to artists-in-residence studios. Garden paths throughout the village encourage pedestrian circulation, sheltered from the sun by palm trees and the neighboring buildings.
The Island Village, sited on the southernmost part of the island, houses year-round island residents, as well as civic buildings and service and utility functions. The government dock in this administrative community serves as the island’s primary port, and traditional shops and restaurants make this village the island’s destination for Bahamian cuisine and culture.
Near the center of the island, the third village, the Lagoon Community, is clustered around two connected natural lagoons that open to the sea. Private lots average three-quarters of an acre and are arranged closely together, forming a small, intimate community with a different tenor from the two denser villages at either end of Bonds Cay.
In total, ninety-six lots are available for private development, with one-quarter of the overall island area preserved as parkland. The three communities are connected by vehicular roads and a 3.3-mile-long jogging and biking trail.