Seafair is a 5000 sq ft beach house retreat, designed by Witcher Crawford Architects as a private family residence. The house is located on sand dunes above the Pink Sand beach on Harbour Island in the Bahamas.
The beach house has three bedroom suites and a large communal living space, all designed to have expansive sea views. The property also has its own gymnasium, swimming pool and outdoor cinema.
Seafair is designed as a contemporary interpretation of the traditional island style. The buildings are kept low with shallow pitched roofs and have large timber decks and stone terraces. Walls are clad in stone and cedar and have large sliding windows to take advantages of the fabulous views over the beach and out to sea. Windows are fitted with shutters to provide shade and protect against storms.
The islands can be badly affected by storms and the house has been designed to withstand hurricane force winds. Windows and shutters are specially selected to be hurricane compliant. The building’s roof is clad in cedar shingles, a local trick as the small tiles survive high winds more successfully than sheet material and can be easily and cheaply replaced if damaged. The house has its own desalination unit to provide safe drinking water. It also has its own electric generator.
Architects: Witcher Crawford Architects, Geoff Crawford