Ray Residence

st. barthelemy, french west indies

client: private

Perched on a promontory overlooking Gustavia’s harbor entrance, this home site is one of St. Bart’s most dramatic. It enjoys all of the qualities of the Caribbean lifestyle: sunset, ocean and harbor views, breezes, porches, gardens, lawns, courtyards, and an extraordinary swimming pool.
Beginning with an extensive analysis of the sloping rocky site, the site planning process revealed new oppurtunities for the homesite that would expand the outdoor experience and connections between the individual buildings. Using carefully placed rock retaining walls and existing ledges, the designers have created a hierarchy of level lawns, gardens, and terraces.
A formal lawn lined with palm trees and gardens gives the plan structure and order and becomes the central element around which guest cottages and main residences are organized. Fed by a cascade set in cliff walls, a “S” shaped infinity-edge swimming pool sandwiched between the rock ledges of a ravine, looks out over the ocean from this idyllic setting from which paths lead to the beach and sunset overlooks.