A Dutch design duo head to the magical Caribbean island of Bonaire to tackle the most demanding clients yet: themselves!
Photo: Gaelle Le Boulicaut
"We wanted to make optimum use of the stunning vistas," says Boon, "and also to respect the local architectural vernacular and landscape as much as possible." Drawing inspiration from the cunucu dwellings prevalent on the island, he sketched a plan for a sprawling villa that would make use of natural ventilation and provide uninterrupted views of the Caribbean. Then he set about bringing it to life, using a short list of materials—namely, concrete and red cedar. "The floors and walls are made of concrete because it's easy to clean and extremely durable," Boon explains. "It's a hallmark of most of the homes we design because it's as beautiful as it is low-maintenance."