Stretching along a waterfront site in Turks and Caicos, this holiday home by Rick Joy is defined by concrete forms, open passageways, and serenity.

Sometimes, fishermen pull up to the Ipé docks, offering the day’s catch.

Located near the Southwest coast of the Providenciales, an island in the Turks and Caicos archipelago, Le Cabanon is a family retreat designed by Arizona–based Rick Joy Architects

Joy, a talented desert modernist, has a reputation for heightening the unique qualities of his projects’ locations, and Le Cabanon is no exception. Appearing to organically grow from the coastline, its subtly textured concrete form contrasts the brilliant turquoise shade of the surrounding sea much like the white sand that lines the shallow inlet’s coastline.

The home features a long, slender volume that shields the rest of the residence from the noise and movement on the adjacent street.

The home features a long, slender volume that shields the rest of the residence from the noise and movement on the adjacent street.

Photo: Joe Fletcher

A generously sized terrace also serves as a link between the private living areas to the west and a living/dining/kitchen pavilion to the east. From the interior, these spaces feel secluded and protected, so much so that the ocean views from the pavilion seem entirely exclusive.

This first volume sits like a long, slender bar providing privacy from the adjacent street.

This first volume sits like a long, slender bar providing privacy from the adjacent street. 

Photo: Joe Fletcher

Taking visual cues from the lush surroundings—which also includes iron shore rock and verdant native vegetation—the architects have produced tactile links between the building and its tropical site. 

An oversized mahogany door provides a grand entrance to the complex.

 An oversized mahogany door provides a grand entrance to the complex.

Photo: Joe Fletcher

Mahogany doors, windows, and ceilings beautifully capture the warmth of the surroundings, and thanks to small, precisely-placed openings in the interior, the perfect amount of light and greenery is filtered inside. 

A terrace connects the living spaces.

A terrace connects the living spaces, allowing light and coastal breezes to pass through.

Photo: Joe Fletcher

Passageways such as this one allow coastal breezes to pass through the home and provide light and shadow.

The entire house is full of immersive moments. From the corridors, the concrete walls create shallow view-angles that reveal glimpses of each subsequent space and simultaneously frame the bright blue sky above. 

Photo: Joe Fletcher

Constructed by local builders trained by the construction team, the walls used throughout the home have been locally sourced in order to minimize the need of importing building materials. 

In a similar environmentally-conscious spirit, the architects also placed a large cistern beneath the main terrace to harvest water, and topped the flat sections of the roof with photovoltaic panels. 

A dining area opens to the poolside terrace providing sea breezes and beautiful views.

A dining area opens to the poolside terrace, providing both sea breezes and beautiful views. 

Photo: Joe Fletcher

Shop the Look

Uma Sound Lantern

Designed by Carmine Deganello and Pablo Pardo for Pablo Designs, Uma (2015) serves as both speaker and lamp, providing high-end audio and warm illumination in a portable form. The Uma Sound Lantern offers 360-degree sound with touch-sensitive volume control, Bluetooth connectivity for effortless music streaming, full-range dim control, a premium leather carrying strap and 8-hour battery life. Max speaker output: 12W.



Gloster Bay Reclining Chair Buffed Teak

Gloster Furniture’s Bay Collection, designed by Henrik Pedersen, unabashedly celebrates the art of pure relaxation. In designing the collection, Pedersen’s objective was to capture the intangible feeling of bliss – sitting by the coast, staring out across the water towards the setting sun. In turn, it was impossible for the philosophical vision not to inform the design. The reclined position of the seat backs is intended to create a sense of being at rest, and emphasize an introspective and relaxed state of mind. Classic styling and clean lines minimize unnecessary noise and visual clutter, allowing a sense of calm, mindfulness, and harmony with one’s environment. Bay’s frames are crafted from impeccably finished teak and complimented by luxurious cushions in a variety of all-weather fabrics. Versatile furniture options include lounge chairs, two and three seater sofas, ottomans, loungers and occasional tables. Whether a single statement piece or complete collection, Bay allows the style-conscious outdoor dweller to revel in life’s quiet moments.

CB2 Jute Outdoor Pillow

Organic textures add an easygoing sophistication to any space. Our jute-blend pillow is warm and inviting with a modern surprise: A perimeter of edgy black piping. Water-repellent finish wards off moisture—perfect outdoors and in. 20″x12″ jute outdoor pillow is a CB2 exclusive. Photo courtesy of CB2

Even the bedrooms integrate the outdoor spaces into the design.

Even the bedrooms integrate the outdoor spaces into the design. Here, a guest room opens to a small terrace. 

Photo: Joe Fletcher

A detail shows that the sense of bringing the outdoors in is strong.

A pendant lights hang like flower buds from the ceiling, and long fronds peek in from the adjacent rock-bottomed gardens. 

Photo: Joe Fletcher

A terrace sits quietly against the water, not quite indoors and not quite outdoors.

A terrace sits quietly against the water, not quite indoors and not quite outdoors. 

Photo: Joe Fletcher

Outside, a shallow pool cuts a line between the coastline and the adjoining terrace, bringing the expanse of ocean water closer to the living spaces.

Outside, a shallow pool divides the coastline from the adjoining terrace, bringing the expanse of ocean water closer to the home’s living spaces. 

Photo: Joe Fletcher

The dining area opens to the pool which overlooks the ocean.

The dining area opens to the pool which overlooks the expansive ocean. 

Photo: Joe Fletcher

ts asymmetric single-hip roof captures a generous interior space, and a single operable triangular window at its leeward tip creates gentle airflow, supplementing the deliberately designed cross-breezes that negate the need for air conditioning.

The asymmetric single-hip roof captures a generous interior space, and an operable triangular window at its leeward tip creates gentle airflow. This supplements the deliberately designed cross-breezes that negate the need for air conditioning. 

Photo: Joe Fletcher

Flat sections of the roof are topped with photovoltaic panels.

Flat sections of the roof are topped with photovoltaic panels.

Photo: Joe Fletcher

Sometimes, fishermen pull up to the Ipé docks, offering the day’s catch.

Fishermen sometimes pull up to the Ipé docks offering the day’s catch.

Photo by Joe Fletcher

Photo by Joe Fletcher

Project Credits: 
Architect of Record: Rick Joy Architects

Builder/General Contractor: Norstar Group

Structural Engineer: Harris Structural Engineering

Landscape Design: Barbara Underwood Landscaping

Lighting Design: CLL Concept  Lighting Lab LLC

Concrete: Reg Hough 

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