Estate Shoys St. Croix

 

The “White House” began after the client purchased a long neglected house in the gated community of Estate Shoys. His vision became to transform this dated house into the present day all white gem: updated but yet distinctly Caribbean in nature. This remodel is only partially completed with a future build out to reprogram interior spaces and to expand the existing deck into an impressive stepped terrace to accommodate large gatherings and parties. 


Brand new electrical, plumbing and ac systems paired with CGI impact resistant doors and windows help morph this pavilion styled residence into a modern day domicile. ​Extensive landscaping next to existing mature trees ground this refurbished residence into its amazing setting: sparkling white clothed in verdant green.


All renovation photographs by Nicole Canegata


 

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Estate Cane Bay St. Croix

 "Hus af lys" or house of light in Danish is a contemporary residence located on the beautiful North Shore of St. Croix. Although purely modernist in design, the residence's volumes make reference to the large iconic stone structures strewn throughout the Crucian landscape: former vestiges of plantation architecture left in a ruinous state. The geometries superimposed on the trapezoidal site maximizes the views towards the Caribbean Sea and Hams Bluff towards the Northwest. These volumes are placed on a circular plinth that implies the residence pivots specifically to capture stunning views while ensuring varying levels of privacy from adjacent subdivision roads. Large openings and vertical spaces define brightly illuminated interiors while framing lush land and water views. This residence is designed to allow integrated interior/exterior living which is a trademark of Caribbean living.  The main living space leads to a curved terrace with an outdoor dining space that leads to a lap pool and jacuzzi, set perpendicular to the Caribbean Sea.


Site: .625 acres Main Residence - 3 Bedroom 3.5 Baths: 2,240 s.f., Carport: 480 s.f., Cistern: 22,400 gallons 


 

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Zorange Haiti

 

Haiti : House for Life defines the basic need for human shelter with the concept that Caribbean residences must last a lifetime. The design is structurally resilient and is flexible to meet International Building Code requirements while allowing for varying forms of sustainable construction methods and different construction price points depending on the property owner, family size and site conditions. For this prototype installation, the team decided to use a steel re-inforced concrete block masonry building system which has proven to be a very sustainable building system. As demonstrated on the team’s structural model on a RISA 3D structural modeling program, the curved is continually self-bracing. Modeling studies show the use of a continuous bond beam which adds rigidity throughout the form.


The premise of the concept is to have a prototype that is as functionally self-sustaining as possible. We have included elevated cisterns that provide rainfall catchment with gravity feed to units on the ground floor. Electrical pumps powered by solar panels are to be installed on the roofing. Electrical power for lighting is to be provided with inverter boxes tied to solar panel on roofs. Solar water heaters located on the roof will provide heated water. Exterior areas will cultivate fruit and vegetable gardens and provide park areas and children playgrounds. All sewage lines will be sent to artificial wetlands and/or sewage treatment plants. The design also 
celebrates Haitian culture with architectural detailing that is considered exclusively Haitian and is reminiscent of West Africa forms from which 90% of Haiti ’s people are descendants. “Adding the fenestration and other Haitian architectural details to our Haiti : House for Life will hopefully encourage personal attachment for each owner and encourage inclusion of the artist community,” says Nicole Hollant-Denis, President, AARRIS Architects, in her own words.


Haiti: House for Life was designed by St. Croix Architect Gerville R. Larsen, A.I.A. and New York Architect Nicole Hollant-Denis. Mr. Larsen and Ms. Hollant-Denis were classmates at Cornell University. Competition funded by the Republic of Haiti and the Clinton Foundation.game – or the industry you’re in. General business trends (think national and even international) are great article fodder, too.


 

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Project Architect:

Gerville Larsen, A.I.A.

​Nicole Hollant-Denis, A.I.A.

Estate Bethlehem St. Croix

 The Lost Cemetery of Estate Bethlehem  is unique project that develops the sacred burial site of enslaved Africans recently uncovered under an Emperor Tamarind Tree. Their unmarked graves are being preserved through the creation of a monument honoring their lives and names. To enhance the site's sanctity and to define the burials, an ADA ramp leads to (2) mounds that surround each site allowing persons to visit, meditate and reflect on the contributions of these formerly lost but not forgotten people.


Due to concise records, the history of the Enslaved Africans that were forcebly brought to the former Danish West Indies, the present U.S. Virgin Islands can be found and their stories told. The conch shells grave markers are a traditional element in formal cemeteries on the islands and become eloquent symbols of each burial. Kinetic sculptures in the Tamarind Trees and chimes imbeded in the concrete berms activite these solemn burial sites. Sound as well as textured surfaces give homage to these former plantation laborers who built the former structures that still stand at the site today and are responsible for the rich culture and heritage that graces this Territory.


 

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20A Queen Street Christiansted St. Croix

 

A proposed Bed & Breakfast development located in the heart of the historic town of Christiansted, Casa Rojas bridges varying historic periods with contemporary additions that create a cohesive urban compound. Casa Rojas is a unique property that sits a block up from Sunday Market Square, named for the enslaved Africans that were allowed to sell their  produce and/or wares only on Sundays. This design is a Case Study and one of several architecture projects used in the Christiansted Town Plan competition that was won by Gerville Larsen by both popular and juried votes on December 9, 2013. This town plan has been enacted in 2016 by the Enterprise Zone Division of the V.I. Economic Development Authority.


The design sits on 20A & 20B Queen Street comprised of 2 historic vernacular cottages built circa 1860's & 1875 and a historic mid-century modern building built in 1954. The lots were developed with a large traditional townhouse as indicated on the Oxholm Map in 1779. This structure was removed several decades prior to the construction of the 1954 townhouse.


A stone clad wall is weaved through the lots and becomes a large Eastern & Northern facade on a contemporary annex to this building giving deference to the former lost structure. This unifying element creates varying and visually layered zones delineating an entry courtyard, an elevated open pavilion with a pool and an adjoining brick paved historic yard fronting the 2 vernacular cottages. Contemporary elements such as metal columns and wooden louvered panels are juxtaposed with traditional materials of stone, brick and limewash paints which help ground this unique Christiansted historic property in the present day while still honoring its past . 


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