Located on the remote South Cape of the island of Eleuthera in the Bahamas, the Cape Eleuthera Foundation sponsors the Island School, a semester abroad high school program based on marine science studies and the Cape Eleuthera Institute, a deep-water aquaculture research institute. The facilities at the Island School and C.E.I. are all solar, wind and biodiesel powered and function as a unique demonstration of sustainable ground-up development on the Cape.
As the school and institute have matured over the last ten years, a need for housing visiting scientists and researchers apart from the students, interns and Island School faculty became evident. With a generous donation from C.E.I. supporter Bobbie Hallig in 2009, the Hallig Research Hall project became a reality.
W3 Architects was selected for the project based on our extensive experience with sustainable design and a previously designed project for a similar island environment. Hallig Hall will have six residential units, a caretaker’s quarters, meeting room, common kitchen, common lounge space and large flexible covered outdoor space. The building is oriented to utilize wind-driven ventilation strategies and maximize its relationship with both the C.E.I campus and the Atlantic Ocean. The Cape Eleuthera Foundation sees this building development as a model of sustainable design and green architecture and part of their enduring commitment to the future of the South Cape of Eleuthera.