[nggallery id=120 template=”sliderview” display_content=”0”] Oil Nut Bay, a sustainable luxury resort villa community in the British Virgin Islands, incorporates biophilic design in its natural living green roofs. Thoughtfully planted with native vegetation, these rooftops lessen the environmental impact on this dramatic natural setting.
Oil Nut Bay in the British Virgin Islands is an eco-sensitive resort community demonstrating the principles of biophilic architecture and design. Nestled on the peaceful eastern edge of Virgin Gorda, the rocky granite island is an ideal backdrop for this Earth-conscious development. Situated on 300 acres, the 88 villa sites overlook spectacular Caribbean views in a resort setting complete with a beach club, spa and wellness center, marina, kids club, nature center, coral reef teeming with aquatic wildlife, multiple oceanfront restaurants and three pools.
Focusing on low-impact building practices, the developer worked with the island’s natural contours to create design-savvy residences in harmony with the environment. Of particular note are the Cliff Residences, which – unlike the resident-owned villas – can be rented. This trio of buildings cascade down the hillsides, maximizing the view and minimizing the need for major excavation. Green roofs on the lower residences are planted with native vegetation, lessening the environmental and visual impact.
“The goal is to make buildings invisible; their one-story design with green roofing makes them complement the environment while attracting birds, butterflies and wildlife,” says David Johnson, developer of Oil Nut Bay and chairman of Victor International. “Green roof plantings are both indigenous and complementary, and include sea grapes and dune grass.”
Green roofs also top several villas and the property’s central services building. These planted roofs reduce noise, provide insulation to reduce air conditioning costs, improve air quality and absorb run-off water on rainy days. “We do it right,” Johnson adds. “It’s expensive but worth it.”
The penthouse roof is lined in solar panels, another nod toward Oil Nut Bay’s eco-friendly outlook. In fact, half of the land is designated as open space with nature trails and conservation areas. Meticulous planning incorporates underwater or underground electrical power systems, solar powered reverse osmosis systems that transform seawater into fresh drinking water, and turtle-friendly LED building lighting throughout.
Oil Nut Bay/ Virgin Gorda/ British Virgin Islands Architect: OBMI Architecture Landscape: Steven Steer of Minine’s Plants & Landscaping/ Raymond Jungles Developer: David Johnson/Victor International Interior Design: Fendi Casa for the Cliff Suite Penthouse/ Victor Interiors for the two lower Cliff Suites. To see full listing please click here.
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