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2012 Award of Honor - Viceroy Anguilla
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Project Category: Resort and Entertainment

Project Name: Viceroy, Anguilla

Project Location : Barnes Bay, West End, Anguilla

Date of Completion: 2010 to 2011

Landscape Architect: EDSA, Inc. - J. Robert Behling, FASLA, PLA 


Owner: Starwood Capital Group - Roy Shanholtz

Viceroy Anguilla is a 35 acre resort located on Barnes Bay and Meads Bay at the west end of the island of Anguilla.  The resort caters to spontaneity and is positioned to take advantage of its unique setting and boasts over 3,000 feet of beach frontage across the two bays.  The ultra-contemporary architecture sets the mood of a very upscale but relaxed destination that can only be found in extraordinary destinations such as Anguilla.  Included in the resort offerings are 166 units spread over hotel rooms, private villas, townhomes, condos and penthouses, many with private pools and all developed to deliver unequaled privacy and exclusivity.  All units have uninterrupted views and are in close proximity to the water. 

The public areas of the resort include three separate swimming pools, five restaurants, a spa, fitness center, kid’s club, climbing wall, and beach and court sports facilities.  The public areas are arranged to capitalize on their individual settings giving each location a unique identity with a distinct sense of place.

The accolades already credited to the Viceroy Anguilla are not unwarranted.  The resort and experiences offered have already been lauded in numerous publications during its short history; being labeled as the ‘reason to visit’ the Caribbean and appearing in several travel magazine’s ‘best of’ lists; not just because of the service and architecture, but also in large part due to the setting and landscape.

In a departure from the normal process, the Landscape Architect was engaged once the project was well underway.  The planning was already in place and several buildings had already been erected, but the owner’s vision for the landscape evolved during construction and the detailed design of the majority of the project was to be reevaluated.  In addition, the project had to overcome the legacy of several hurricanes and logistical challenges along with the global economic downturn which occurred during construction.  

The Landscape Architect’s mission was to provide an on-site design and management team to reinterpret the owner’s vision and work with the construction management team on a daily basis to construct it on schedule and within budget.  The team was responsible for scheduling and coordinating construction crews along with the redesign of the remaining major elements of the project.

Working with the limited plant palette remaining from the previous landscape design, the Landscape Architect worked daily to design and implement a plan that achieved the vision of the owner. The marriage of architecture and landscape was of paramount importance and the interior of each unit had to extend seamlessly into the landscape and maintain total privacy in a somewhat dense arrangement.  In addition, the new landscape direction was one of manicured hedges and limited use of color which was in contrast to the original design.  Creative use of the limited palette was required and the resulting landscape was achieved through site sketches and hands on design of the landscape in the field.

The field directed design approach proved to be successful and was used to complete the landscape of the villas and a majority of the public areas around the hotel core.  A private beach was also developed in front of several of the villas using the same approach.  In contrast to this approach, a design package was also produced on site for the remaining major areas to be completed later in the construction schedule. 

These included bluff top pools at several of the town homes, the Meads Bay pool at the east end of the property, and the tennis court complex.  The Landscape Architect team was responsible for design and implementation of these areas as well.

Since opening in 2010, the Viceroy has already expanded to update its offerings.  The Landscape Architect was again retained to develop upgrades to the landscaping and several of the pool deck areas.  Plantings were expanded to inject more color throughout the resort and embrace the Caribbean identity.  Important landscape areas such as the main entrance and condo arrival were revisited to add an extra level detail appropriate to the resort.  

The kid’s club was expanded to offer an outdoor play area with a small splash park and climbing sculptures.  The tennis complex was expanded to include a pro shop, new basketball and volleyball courts, and a climbing wall.  The Viceroy has had a favorable impact on the Anguillan economy.  Both during construction and continuing now with operation, the resort is one of the larger employers on the island.


 Architect: WATG

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