Location: Kralendijk, Bonaire, Caribbean Netherlands
ARCHITECTURE & INTERIOR DESIGN: Studio Piet Boon
Few Caribbean islands are as inviting as Bonaire, a sand-fringed escape in the former Dutch Antilles. The island is a haven of tranquillity, boasting consistently pleasant warm temperatures and soft sea breezes. Situated on one of the island’s most pristine beaches lies Kas Dorrie: a luxurious designer beach villa.
During the exterior and interior design along with the construction of Kas Dorrie, making use of natural materials and the elements played a key role. Inspired by island living and the traditional local rural “kunuku” houses, the beach villa was designed to benefit from the wind. Contemporary wide entranceways are flanked by slender pillars and the central axis in the middle of the villa provides a symmetric structure, enabling strong sightlines and allowing the always-prevailing breeze to pass unhindered providing natural cooling.
Interior furnishings of the villa are custom-made Piet Boon furniture. The harmonious colour palette of the villa is subdued, making frequent use of colours that are found naturally on the island. To add on to the island experience, coral decorations and artwork handmade by local artisans were used.
Kas Dorrie consists of two volumes, deliberately separating the private living and sleeping quarters on the secluded second floor from the easy accessible and partially open living spaces on the ground floor. The volumes are connected by stairs located in the centre of the villa. Building on the Caribbean outdoor way of life all living areas face the sea, ensuring panoramic views and enabling the outside exterior to connect with the inside interior.
Due to its location near the sea, the villa was built with locally sourced materials such as wood and coral that can withstand the salty air, are low in maintenance and age beautifully at the same time. The island atmosphere is elegantly translated to the interior design and styling of the villa. Wide slatted windows and partitions made of bone-coloured pebbles let in sunlight, whilst the high ceilings and dark poured concrete floors give a sense of cool.
Studio Piet Boon
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Studio Piet Boon
Studio Piet Boon is an internationally renowned design studio, recognized for its multi-disciplinary design services and it’s remarkable talent of balancing functionality, aesthetics and individuality into one of a kind design experiences. Shifting boundaries and setting new standards.
The studio’s heritage lies in Amsterdam and the nearby Zaanstreek, a region well known for its typical innovative spirit and ‘getting the job done’ mentality as well as being the ‘motor’ behind the success of the epic Dutch Golden Age. It was in the Zaanstreek where painters, woodworkers, carpenters, masons and other master craftsmen turned smart entrepreneurs and tastemakers as early as the 15th century. Building on this grounded mentality and creative expertise Studio Piet Boon was established by Dutch designer and Zaanstreek local Piet Boon (1958) in 1983.