chad oppenheim frames island views with bahamas beach retreat
chad oppenheim frames island views with bahamas beach retreat chad oppenheim frames island views with bahamas beach retreat
may 27, 2015

chad oppenheim frames island views with bahamas beach retreat

chad oppenheim frames island views with bahamas beach retreat
photography by karen fuchs




designed to intrinsically connect with the lush island nature and surroundings, this beach house by architect chad oppenheim, is nestled on the dunes adjacent to the pristine shores of harbor island in the bahamas. the 3,000 square foot private residence is an exercise in minimalism with an elegant touch. the simplistic and natural form adopts ecologically, sensitive materials and methodologies to create a livable and environmentally conscious scheme. mainly constructed with concrete, recycled cedar, reused ipe, and milk paint, the technological details, fixtures and air-conditioning have been hidden to allow seamless surfaces throughout.

the design establishes a delicate, meditative space that ushers a transition from tropic landscape to the ocean




capturing views of the jungle palms on one side and the ocean on the other, the retractable glass walls- like an open breezeway- allowing natural light and airflow to maintain an optimal comfort. the central communal space, decked in an ash timber, enables visual connectivity and simultaneously is sheltered from the elements by the overhang of the gabled roof. occupied by a lounge and dining area, this versatile, core space is used for meditating, yoga, hosting gatherings and a general area to soak in the tropical landscape.

designed to reconnect its inhabitants with nature and encouraging a greater consciousness

the verandah frames views of the ocean

dining area

minimalistic kitchen


the core space lit at night

the house overlooks the ocean while perched on a dune

a stone’s throw away from the white sand beaches

  • stunning

    nice to see an opportunity not squandered – excellent concept as well as realiziation

    dbkii says:
  • Beautiful spaces designed. very minimalist yet very powerful.

    Asif Khan says:

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