David Hertz Architects FAIA & The Studio of Environmental Architecture

Sail House on Cloud 9


sail house eco resort

Sail House consists of a main residence and several guesthouses named for their nautical inspired tensile roofs. These forms are a contextual response to the sailing culture of the Grenadines, but are also important to the environmental systems of the buildings. The roof membranes provide shade from the equatorial sun as well as collect all of the bed and breakfast’s water. Rain and condensate are directed into the structural masts, which funnel water into concrete foundations that dually function as cisterns. The buildings’ yearlong water needs are produced on site in this matter, proving that resilience can be both beautiful and tactical. Considering the difficulty of construction in the Caribbean, the buildings are all prefabricated and flat-packed to the island.

Project Details

Phase: construction
Location: Bequia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Typology: hospitality
Program: main house and auxiliary rental units
Sustainable Features:
  • stormwater collection
  • reclaimed wood
  • passive ventilation
  • photovoltaic panels
Fabrication: Toma House

Progress Photos