Designing for a Better Tomorrow: The Xanadu Project / Jan, 2023
As architects and designers, our job is to not only create visually stunning buildings and spaces, but to also consider the impact our designs will have on the community and environment. This is a principle that guides my work, and it is what led me to take on the ambitious Xanadu project on the island of Grand Bahama.
For decades, the Xanadu Beach Resort & Marina stood as a symbol of the island's rich history and natural beauty. However, years of neglect and natural disasters left the resort and marina in ruins, closed to the public and in desperate need of redevelopment. When the opportunity to take on this project presented itself, I knew I had to step up and help breathe new life into this special place.
I approached the design of Xanadu with a focus on harmony, balance, and sustainability. The overall shape of the layout is inspired by ocean waves and the natural shapes found on the island. I utilised organic curves to create architecture that flows seamlessly with the landscape, while also incorporating extensive arrays of solar panels to make the development carbon and energy neutral.
Designing for the greater good isn't just about creating beautiful buildings, it's about creating a better community. With the 'Xanadu' project, I had the opportunity to not only showcase my skills as an architect, but to give back to the community of Grand Bahama and make a positive impact on the island. I believe in creating harmony, balance, and sustainability in all aspects of development, and this project exemplifies that philosophy.
But sustainability wasn't the only consideration in the design. The buildings and marina were also designed to be "hurricane proof", able to withstand the strongest of storms and keep residents and visitors safe. The marina docks were created to be floating and reinforced to provide a secure destination for boats during a hurricane.
I also kept in mind the diverse needs of the community and potential visitors. The development includes a range of accommodation options, from hotel-resort on the beach to longer-term rentals, and a marina precinct with retail, dining, and community facilities. This multi-use approach ensures the development is not only beautiful, but also financially viable.
I am proud to say that the final product is a true work of art, a 3D animation of the design that captures the essence of the island and the vision for its future. It was a pleasure to work on this project and to be able to contribute to the revitalisation of this special place. It is a reminder that as architects and designers, we have the power to make a positive impact on the communities we serve.
I did not do this for the money, I did it to help.