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JAMAICAN HOUSE OF PARLIAMENT

This project was a National competition to design the New houses of Parliament in heroes Circle, Kingston Jamaica. The design is based on the African philosophy of “Ubuntu”, which is a term used in the Nguni Bantu language meaning “Humanity” that translates to “I am because we are”. The design represents an interconnectivity, promoting connectedness of the building with nature, the site and the people of Jamaica. The intention was to create a place, rather than just a building, that told the story of the Jamaican people.  The duties of Parliament are to work in the best interest of the citizens of a country, by making laws and holding the collective Government accountable for policies, action and spending. 

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TASTEES HWT

YEAR : 2015 LOCATION : Kingston, Jamaica CATEGORY : Civic

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ALPHA INSTITUTE

Alpha Boys’ School is synonymous with Jamaica’s rich music history and the development of Jamaican music. With this in mind, Alpha has decided to open a music school to facilitate formal music training. As a part of the mandate, we have renovated and re-purposed a number of existing buildings to form recording studio spaces, practice rooms, classrooms along with an external courtyard for outdoor performances and private meeting areas.

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UTECH JAMAICA SPORTS DEPARTMENT

YEAR : 2016 LOCATION : Kingston, Jamaica CATEGORY : Civic

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NHT ST. JAMES

This project is an interior renovation to an existing branch of the National Housing Trust offices in Montego Bay Jamaica. This intent of this brief was to increase security measures within the existing service floor to all each department to have clear demarcated areas that allow them patrons to enter only with security permissions rather than the open free movement that now exist. The design challenge was to provide these barriers while keeping the open plan while making the layout of personnel more efficient for the current cashier centre, equipment and furniture.

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NHT HEADQUARTERS

The National Housing Trust (NHT) is responsible for providing housing and service lots for thousands of Jamaicans. Most Jamaicans are able to afford housing though benefits and low interest rates offered by NHT. The NHT Headquarters is a landmark in Kingston that is directly adjacent to Emancipation Park. The building was built over 40 years ago and since then, it has foregone a number of internal renovations.
We were commissioned to redesign the main lobby and solve security and directional issues being faced by its employees and customers. We were entrusted to change the overall look and feel of the existing space to a more “international”corporate environment but at the same time creating a space that would still have a distinct Caribbean flavor. We used warm earth tone colors, recessed and track lighting and wood paneling and inlays with contemporary furniture that we durable to handle the human traffic of this very heavily used building.

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MIDDLE QUARTERS SHRIMP VILLAGE

This project was designed for the Tourist Product Development Company(TPDCO) to be a “new model”for sustainable architecture within the Tourism sector in Jamaica. This project is designed to be sensitive to as well as meet the social, economic and environmental needs of the people that currently sell shrimp on the side of the roadways in Middle Quarters, St Elizabeth Jamaica.
The site borders the lush mangroves that are a breeding ground for many species of plants, fish and animals. The projects is designed to use solar power generations and water catchment and re use will having minimal destruction of the existing site. the structure is made of wood and materials that can be found from nearby hardware suppliers with concrete foundations and timber walling and paneling.

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CASE IH MAPEX

This commercial building is the Headquarters for CASE IH agriculture in the Caribbean. This building is an expansion and renovation to an existing warehouse of the Winston Jones Highway in Mandeville Jamaica. It is designed to sell parts and equipment, service existing buyers of Case equipment and supply high duty agricultural equipment all across Jamaica and the Caribbean. The building is designed to be sustainable in its operation with key features such as the use of solar panels to reduce the energy consumption of the building, catching and reusing rainwater for washing equipment, landscaping and ablutions throughout the facility.

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DOLPHIN COVE EXPANSION

This project is a proposed expansion and master planning project for Dolphin Cove resorts in Ochi Rios, Jamaica. The design task involves the incorporation of the neighboring lands to the east of the property and showing the development potential of the area. This proposal included the potential to increase revenues by creating a public beach, cottages, artisan village and increased parking to facilitate the increased growth and need for additional space for tour buses and patrons.

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DEVONSHIRE RENOVATION

This is a renovation to the Devonshire at the historic Devon House Property in Kingston Jamaica. The use of existing meeting rooms were changed to facilitate the creation of a restaurant for International Jamaican Chef Collin Brown. The restaurant is a finishing school for training Jamaican chefs and exporting our Jamaican culture and food to overseas while enhancing brand Jamaica.

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