Champalimaud Completes Design for The Island House

May 2015

In collaboration with architect Hart Howerton, New York-based Champalimaud has completed the recently opened Island House, a 30-room boutique hotel and gathering space located in West Nassau, Bahamas.

The property was designed with an outside-meets-inside aesthetic imagined in a contemporary, communal setting using natural materials, such as lightly colored coral stone and pecky cypress, a common material used in the Caribbean for roof and ceiling structures. Public spaces, such as the Living Room, Shima restaurant, and outdoor venues, feature an array of locally produced artwork. Sculptural light fixtures were custom made by Solomon & Wu.


“Our goal was to create a residential hotel experience with presence, where guests can move fluidly throughout the property, seamlessly blending indoor and outdoor living spaces,” says Alexandra Champalimaud, founder and principal designer of Champalimaud. “There’s a true sense of comfort, relaxation, and place.”

Amenities include the Bamford Spa, a yoga program, movement studio, squash and paddle courts, a 48-seat art house cinema, and a variety of F&B outlets, including two restaurants and a café.

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