A unique tropical paradise is the setting for a new 500-acre community consisting of four village areas: a hotel resort and beach club; a town center with retail and commercial office space; a marina village; and a collection of residential neighborhoods. The design sets a new standard of development in the Caribbean and puts sustainability at the forefront.
As part of a multi-faceted design team, OLIN provided urban design and master planning from a landscape architectural perspective, helping to develop the goals and philosophy of the community in response to its distinctive natural environment. The plan takes advantage of Cayman’s beautiful setting and gentle trade winds; the challenge came in designing for the island’s harsher conditions, such as fierce hurricanes, strong sunlight, high humidity, frequent seasonal rain showers and salt-laden soil, water and air. By funneling cooling breezes, incorporating open spaces and producing shade with architecture, fabric and plants, a comfortable pedestrian environment was created.
Since completing the overall master plan, OLIN has repeatedly been engaged to implement an array of projects throughout the community, including office buildings, the town center, the marina, a schoolyard, and a botanical garden walk.
Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
Dart Realty Cayman Ltd.
Key Team Members
Dennis McGlade, Partner-in-Charge
Skip Graffam, Partner-in-Charge
Richard Roark, Partner
Greg Burrell, Associate
Will Belcher, Associate
Leo Robleto, Landscape Designer
Nicholas Denney, Landscape Designer
Yuan Fan, Landscape Designer