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Murakami Design

Albany Bahamas by Murakami Design

Murakami Design have been shortlisted for Beach House Award in The International Design and Architecture Awards 2021.

This property by Murakami Design is an exclusive beachfront residence and guest home, designed to maximize the ocean views, privacy, and comfortable beachfront living. Working with their consulting team of Mills Design Group for the landscape architecture, building contractors Capstone Construction, and Ann Johnston Design Consultants for the interiors, all aspects of the home were greatly considered by the team of professionals to ensure that this was a luxurious, comfortable property which thrives in it’s beachside location.

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The brief for Murakami Design was to create a luxury beachfront residence which will accommodate a large family, including parking for three cars, guest house and staff accommodations. To do this, the design had to maximise the views of the ocean whilst maintaining privacy from the neighbouring town homes and private residences. It was also important that the property remained proportionate in scale to the lot, and maximise both the view and light in each room. The design also had to meet the strict criteria set by the architectural review board.

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The focus is on indoor-outdoor living, with features such as a beachfront gazebo, outdoor kitchen, swimming pool, spa, and private areas for reading and relaxing. The driveway access was minimised to create a garden courtyard that can be enjoyed by both the guest house and main residence. Murakami Design blends these two spaces, with the main casual living space and adjacent dining room leading to an oversized covered porch. This outdoor porch includes a dining area and lounge area for family dinners, entertaining, and relaxing. The overarching consideration of the landscape and views overlooking the ocean then reinforces this connection between indoor and outdoor living, promoting interaction with the sun and water.

The design works well as the architecture and interior design create a tasteful and comfortable environment. With Murakami Design’s collaboration with landscape architects Mills Design Group, building contractors Capstone Construction, and interior designers Ann Johnston Design Consultants, the project considers all aspects of the site including beach front, courtyard landscaping, scale and privacy. There are many aspects of the property that integrate it into it’s environment. Beginning with the right proportions of the building in relation to lot size and it’s adjacent buildings, Murakami Design also ensured the selection of appropriate planting and hardscape elements complements the architecture. Consideration was also given to minimizing car presence and driveways.

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The guest house and main residence each feature rooms for family entertainment and private spaces for reading or office work. Great care was taken to appoint each room with appropriately scaled furniture and finishes. Careful sourcing of unique accents such as lighting, and artwork are used to highlight each space. Artists had been commissioned to create unique paintings, photographs, and sculptures that were consistent with the overall design philosophy.

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