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PRIVATE RESIDENCE, bonaire, netherlands antilles SILBERSTEIN ARCHITECTURE, INC., delray beach, fl
The ﬁrst house that Jeffrey Silberstein, AIA, designed for construction in Bonaire won an AIA award and was published in ﬂorida/caribbean Architect in 2001. Since designing that ﬁrst house, Silberstein went on to design other projects in Bonaire, from a jewelry store to a restaurant. Local people, like the owner of this home, saw the work and discussions about the project began several years ago. The owner of this house is a local resident who was familiar with the ﬁrm’s work, and discussions about the project began several years ago. Some of the difﬁculties inherent in working in another country were overcome by the fact that Jeffrey Silberstein is conversant in a number of languages including the dialect Papiamentu, which is spoken on the island. Finding skilled laborers is always difﬁcult, although there are excellent ﬁnishers for tile, stone, carpentry, painting and other technical areas. In anticipation of this, the architect brought in qualiﬁed installers for exterior windows and doors, pool, audio and low-voltage, kitchen, solar panels and HVAC. The architect also procured all building materials except for the actual concrete shell and furnished the house for the client, right down to the ﬂatware. The site occupied by the house is one-third of an acre at the end of a cul-de-sac sandwiched between two double-story residences. The depth of the property runs from northeast to southwest and is perfectly aligned with the local trade winds. The outline of the house and the location of the rooms are inﬂuenced by its proximity to neighboring structures as well as wind direction and water views.
Front façade and driveway. ALL PHOTOS BY ROBIN HILL.
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Florida/Caribbean Architect - Summer 2012
President’s Message / Peter W. Jones, AIA
Florida Atlantic University Engineering and Computer Sciences Classroom Building
Stovash, Case and Tingley, P.A. Law Offices
Phoebe Sumter Medical Center
The Other ’56
Florida/Caribbean Architect - Summer 2012