International design competition for the development of a Private Island in The Bahamas



Sponsor:  Private client based in the Bahamas
Competition administrator: RIBA
Type: International, open, ideas
Eligibility: Open to design professionals and students
Note: See How to Register!
Fees: £28 for each category entered
Language: English
Beach Club Concept, including restaurant, bar and cabana design
Marina Concept, including reception – meet and greet area, watersports, yoga/spa/fitness etc.
Accommodation Concept – bookable accommodation

25 October 2022 – Registration Deadline 
27 October 2022 – Phase 1 Deadline

Competition Format:

Phase 1 — PART ONE
Submission of concept design ideas assessed anonymously
Phase 1 — PART TWO
A longlist of up to 10 concepts selected for each category, the authors revealed and invited to pitch their idea to the Evaluation Panel at a brief interview.

Phase 2
A shortlist (approx. 5) for each category will be selected following these interviews and the entrants invited to refine their ideas following feedback. The shortlisted designers will be invited to present their refined concepts to the Evaluation Panel.
The Evaluation Panel
The Evaluation Panel (which may be subject to change) is expected to comprise a number of client representatives plus Kirsten Lees, Partner, Grimshaw acting as the RIBA Competition Architect Adviser. In the event of an Evaluation Panel member being unable to continue to act through illness or any other cause, the client, in consultation with the RIBA, reserves the right to appoint an alternative Panel member.

Design Challenge
The small island in the Bahamas lies 5 kilometres (3 miles) east of Paradise Island, which is directly off New Providence Island. The island has no formal residential infrastructure and no roads. The site to be developed is a total of 107 acres (approx. 433k sqm). The largest mass of the island is made up of a shallow inland lagoon in the centre of the island. The highest elevation on the island is 16 m (52 ft). The island has a thin peninsula which juts out 11 km (7 mi) east. The island was home to a pineapple plantation centuries ago.
The client has recently purchased the island and is seeking to create a ‘Bahamian Chic’ destination offering sophisticated fun that will attract today’s most exciting groups of travellers, yachting community and local Bahamian residents. Intrinsic to the creation of this destination will be the development of a robust sustainability strategy. The ultimate development will need to be aesthetically pleasing and completely functional whilst at the same time demonstrating fundamental care for the immediate environment preserving the surrounding natural beauty of the island.

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