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Mandarin Oriental Tree-top Villas in Dellis Cay, Turks and Caicos Islands by Zaha Hadid Architects

March 11th, 2011 by Sanjay Gangal

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A private island in the Turks and Caicos is being transformed into a laboratory of contemporary architecture by visionaries Zaha Hadid, Shigeru Ban, David Chipperfield, Carl Ettensperger, Kengo Kuma, Chad Oppenheim and Piero Lissoni. Oppenheim was selected as one of 7 architects to create a series of villas for the Mandarin Oriental Group.

Tree-top Villas

  • Architects: Zaha Hadid Architects
  • Scope: 8 villas, 3,850 SF residences each. Architecture/Interior design
  • Date: Estimated completion 2011
  • Location: Dellis Cay, Turks & Caicos Islands

Mandarin Oriental Treetop Villas

The design for the 8 villas emerges from a profound admiration and hyper-sensitivity of Dellis Cay’s unique natural setting. The intention is to integrate nature as as a major ingredient of the material palette. The architecture is reduced to the essential components for shelter—amplifying the ever-changing sky, water and vegetation that define the experience. As the 8 villas are located on the only interior parcels of the island, they are elevated over the treetops to maximize exposure to the wondrous nature about– taking advantage of the views towards the horizon and framing its surroundings. Their elevated position allows for them to have little impact on the ground plane allowing the undisturbed natural landscape to flow under them as an integral part of the design.

Aerial View

The tree-top villas are precisely orientated on their parcels to maximize their performative and experiential qualities, channeling prevailing winds to cool the interior spaces as well as framing sunrises, sunsets, and the path of the moon on either side of the structure. Resources are limited in the island, passive and active mechanisms have been proposed– such as large overhangs, cross-ventilation, use of reclaimed materials, solar hot-water, an insulating green roof, and a rooftop infinity edge pool that doubles as a rainwater collection tank.


Mandarin Oriental Treetop Villas



Treetop Ground Floor

Treetop roof plan



Treetop guest house

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