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Design competition for young architects: Cotton Bay Estates & Villas

December 8, 2006
by Canadian Architect

Cotton Bay Estates & Villas, operated by Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. and the first Luxury Collection branded property in the Bahamas, will host a young architects’ design competition judged by renowned architects Richard Meier and Laurinda Spear (co-founder of Arquitectonica), former model and resident of the Bahamas India Hicks, and New York-based architect Costas Kondylis.

Architects under the age of 40 may submit a 3,000-square-foot to 5,000-square-foot one-storey or split-level private resort home design on an estate lot at Cotton Bay, in Eleuthera, Bahamas. Qualified architects can register online at the Cotton Bay Architecture Competition website at

Cotton Bay is the first large-scale luxury resort property in the Caribbean owned by native Bahamians, and Bahamian resident Hicks will help to judge submissions based on design excellence and innovation and the creative interpretation of Bahamian Colonial style.

As Cotton Bay is also working with the Audubon International Signature Program to preserve the natural island environment, special consideration will be given to submissions that preserve the island’s natural surroundings and can maintain harmonious relationship among structure, vegetation and topography. Applicants are encouraged to incorporate natural energy sources (solar/wind) into the design.

For consideration, applicants are asked to submit a site plan, floor plans, elevations and a perspective drawing for one of the planned estate homes. Once registered, additional details of the competition, including architectural guidelines, view photography and a bid map will be available on the website.

All entries must be submitted no later than March 1, 2007, and the winning designs will be announced in June 2007.

The first-place winner will be awarded $5,000, second-place will be awarded $3,000 and third-place will be awarded $2,000. The architect with the winning design will also have the opportunity to work with the Cotton Bay team, who will promote the design to potential clients to build the estate home based on the winner’s design and specs. The T. Albert Sands Award of $5,000 will be given to the best design submission by a Bahamian architect, in honour of T. Albert Sands, the late visionary of Cotton Bay.

Prospective buyers may purchase an estate lot to build a custom dream home, buy a pre-designed and pre-built serviced hotel-villa or simply stay as a hotel guest in the Luxury Collection boutique hotel, opening in fall 2007.

Cotton Bay will feature a spectacular 27,000-square-foot clubhouse, opening in 2007, where a bar, a restaurant, an exercise room, a retail shop and an outdoor swimming pool, will be located. Future phases will include expansion of the private marina, Davis Harbour, an 18-hole championship golf course, a wellness center/spa and additional real estate development. Swimming, snorkelling and scuba diving around exquisite reefs, as well as yachting and fishing, will be available to residents and guests. Charter boats, fishing guides and other services can be arranged through Davis Harbour.

Eleuthera is accessible from Nassau and south Florida by commercial air carriers, and Cotton Bay and Sentient Jet will offer private jet services to homeowners and hotel guests.

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