The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has launched an open ideas competition where design professionals and students worldwide are invited to take part in a competition with ideas for the future development of a private island in the Bahamas.

Private Island location

The small island in the Bahamas lies 5km east of Paradise Island, which is directly off New Providence Island in the Atlantic Ocean. The island has no formal residential infrastructure and no roads. The site to be developed is a total of 107 acres (approximately 433m²).

The largest mass of the island is made up of a shallow inland lagoon in the centre of the island and the highest elevation on the island is 16m (52ft). The island was home to a pineapple plantation centuries ago.

Competition format

The competition will follow the open ideas competition format and will be organised in the following phases:

Phase 1 – Part 1: The submission of concept design ideas will be assessed anonymously.
Phase 1 – Part 2: A longlist of up to ten concepts will be selected for each category, and the authors will be revealed and invited to pitch their ideas to the evaluation panel in a brief interview. The deadline for Phase 1 is 27 October 2022.

• Phase 2: A shortlist (approximately five) for each category will be selected after these interviews and the entrants will be invited to refine their ideas, following feedback. The shortlisted designers will be invited to present their refined concepts to the evaluation panel.

The three design categories

Entrants can focus on one or more of the following categories, which have been identified as the key areas for development on the island:

  • Category A – beach club concept

This must includea restaurant, bar and cabana design.

  • Category B – marina concept

This must include a reception, meet-and-greet area, water sports, yoga/spa/fitness etc. Category C – accommodation concept

This must include bookable accommodation which should be fully equipped and include a range of one and two bedrooms with modern interiors and state-of-the-art bathrooms.

For more information about the competition and to enter, go to https://ribacompetitions.com/privateisland/

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