YEAR : 2020 LOCATION : Kingston, Jamaica CATEGORY : Commercial
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.
Design Philosophy – Spaces that adds value to the quality of life.
Located in central Trinidad, this two-storey residence is sited in a developing residential community that is close to the highway. The floor layout, though an open concept, lends it self to different personalities by means of thresholds, colors and materiality. The double height core, located to the east of the property, when opened onto the gardens and pool, transforms the core to a central courtyard. All rooms open out onto a singular circulation spine which is on the perimeter of the ‘courtyard’ at both levels.
The residence is designed to foster openness, social spaces, and a constant connection with the outside.
The program called for the building to turn its back on the highway to mitigate noise transfer while establishing privacy within the site and the internal spaces.
The General Food Supermarket in Liguanea is one of two supermarket branches in Kingston and Ocho Rios, Jamaica. The project is an upgrade and replacement for the existing supermarket which forms a part of the existing facilities of Liguanea Plaza – which is one of the most used plazas in Kingston. The new supermarket is designed on a sloping site to the rear of the property and the existing supermarket will be demolished in the future as the new replaces the old. The supermarket is designed with sustainable features such as solar powered lighting, water catchment and reuse and energy efficient lighting, fixtures and equipment. This project is currently underway and its operating cost is expected to be reduced by an estimated 30% – according to our energy simulations and careful placement of spaces, use of materials and equipment to reduce energy consumption. The project is anticipated to be the most energy efficient supermarket in Jamaica for some time due to the special care taken to reduce its running cost through using sustainable equipment and designed techniques and increase its profitability for our clients.