Designed right next to the island’s international airport, Natura’s Residences adopted
the axis of the runway since its clearly visible from the building which ended making it
much easier for the project to cope with the airspace regulations. The linear array of the
apartments was a result of the mandatory cross ventilation required for a limited
capacity power grid, and a complex water recycling system made it possible for the
building to even return treated waters back to the island’s network.
The project has been a great opportunity for the studio to learn about the potential of
steel framed structural systems for residential multi-family developments. The thinner
sections on all structural elements: slabs, columns and beams allow for a much more
efficient use of the building’s footprint, less surface is wasted on the apartments dividing
walls, as well as less thickness is required for the building’s outer shell.
Challenged with the salty weather of the Caribbean, the design team chose to treat the steel skeleton as if it were an old-fashioned concrete core and is finishing all its walls and floors with cinder block and masonry elements resulting in the ultimate waterproofing and rust protecting coat for the harsh atmosphere.
Location: Bel-Nem, Bonaire