Designing New Horizons
Architects and developers not only give form and substance to their clients' visions, they also drive trends and styles in the built environment at large. Given the creative forces shaping the look and feel of the homes, businesses and resorts of future Cayman, the islands are in capable hands.
Words by Natasha Were
Founded in Bermuda almost 80 years ago, OBM International has, in a sense, gone forth and conquered the world, architecturally speaking. On that journey they have gained wisdom, experience and international acclaim. Now they are refocusing their considerable talents and energies back on their roots.
OBM International’s Chairman, Tim Peck, has recently relocated to Grand Cayman, with the intention of re-invigorating OBM Cayman, raising the architectural bar in the region and using lessons learned abroad to improve the quality of design and deliverables for the Cayman Islands.
Their presence in the Cayman Islands dates back to the late 60's, when development and modernisation arrived suddenly and dramatically. The firm was ideally positioned then to assist in designing much of the infrastructure that has since shaped the islands: Elizabethan Square, Ugland House, Harbour House Marina, the Government Administration Building and numerous beachfront condo complexes were all the work of OBMI.
The intervening years have seen OBMI expand to all corners of the globe with landmark projects in Europe, Middle East, North Africa and South America, designing projects that span the spectrum from palaces in Saudi Arabia and hotels for royalty in Marrakesh to large mixed-use projects in Mexico and Colombia. However, it is the Cayman Islands sound economy and its growing popularity among resort developers that have driven the firm’s refocus on the islands – that and a desire to celebrate, and add to, their own legacy in Cayman.
"We are excited to be able to bring our breadth of expertise back to Cayman" said Tim Peck. "We see this as an opportunity to connect the dots, bringing both our design skills and professionalism combined with the opportunity for our network of global contacts to invest in the region – helping build on the reputation established by Bill Bissell and his OBM team."
To learn more about OBM International, visit: www.obmi.com
Davenport Development Ltd.
Founded in 2005 in response to the scarcity of well-designed, reasonably-priced family homes in Grand Cayman, Davenport Development has become synonymous with affordable yet luxurious residential developments.
Their first project, Valencia Heights, a 33-apartment complex, sold out off-plan, and subsequent developments have proved equally successful.
Lantern Point and San Sebastian, Davenport Development’s next projects, redefined the residential landscape in Grand Cayman, making upscale living accessible and available to resident families, while also breaking away from the prevailing architectural style of condominium complexes.
Bringing a touch of Mediterranean living to the Caribbean, the developments feature European-style architecture, with terracotta roof tiles, expansive roof terraces and wrought iron fences. The landscaped pools, manicured gardens, tennis courts, gyms and club houses meanwhile, combine to create a touch of luxury resort ambience, mixed with a neighbourly sense of community.
The company has moved in a new direction stylistically with its more recent developments, such as the contemporary South Beach-style residences at Crystal Cove and now Vela, an ultra-modern development in South Sound. Featuring bold, strong architectural lines, functional use of glass and steel, and incorporating the most cutting-edge technologies, these are the family residences of tomorrow’s modern family.
To learn more about Davenport Development Limited visit: www.davenportcayman.com or call: 345.949.4979
Design Cayman Ltd.
Striking a fine balance between creativity and innovation on one side, and experience and functionality on the other, Design Cayman, a full service architectural studio, succeeds in creating designs that are inspired by passion, yet built for life.
The small, but diverse and highly experienced team of architects at Design Cayman has built a reputation for listening to, and understanding, each client’s particular vision and needs.
From large-scale commercial developments, including Grand Cayman’s Government Administration Building and Cayman Enterprise City, to luxurious private homes, such as the 2014 International Property awardwinning O’Hara residence, Design Cayman offers a full range of services including architecture, interior design, project management, feasibility studies, construction and relocation management.
For clients with smaller scale projects, the Small Works Division ensures a dedicated team is available to advise, manage and fast-track projects ranging from minor renovations to 3,000 square foot homes.
Underscoring every aspect of their work is an unwavering commitment to sustainability. Design Cayman believes in incorporating environmentally responsible design methods that take advantage of the wind, sunlight and views that a particular site has to offer, to ensure an energy efficient result.
Because Design Cayman is founded on the concept of collaboration, potential clients are always welcome to stop by their offices for a complimentary 45 minute, diagnostic consultation.
To learn more about Design Cayman Ltd. visit: www.design-cayman.ky; or contact Brian Macdonald at: 345.916.0930
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