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Dec102014

Casa Solaris

Michael Grimm sent along some of his photos that came at the perfect time because I am NOT READY for the 30 cm of snow we are supposed to get and he was complaining about Brooklyn weather. So how about a little virtual trip to Vieques, off Puerto Rico... Designed by architect John Hix, hotel Hix Island House now has a guest house called Casa Solaris, which is entirely run on solar power. The house is designed to take advantage of trade winds, and the concrete is an unexpected contrast to the lush island landscape. The addition of yellow keeps it from being too sterile. 

Reader Comments (5)

As a work of architecture, it's perfectly ugly. That said, I'd give anything to be there right about now...

10 Dec 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJared Hayden

We stayed at the Hix Island House hotel for our honeymoon, and it was heaven! There are five other buildings like Casa Solaris on the property and each one is a work of art. The brutalist concrete architecture actually works in absolute harmony with the natural Caribbean environment. Between the Marimoko bedding, yoga studio,outdoor showers, and delicious complimentary bread and fruit for breakfast, we didn't want to leave. Vieques is the hidden Jewel of the Caribbean and Hix Island House is the place to stay. We can't wait to go back!

10 Dec 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTimothy Friesen

@Timothy - SWEET!

10 Dec 2014 | Registered CommenterKiM

Stunning use of color and pieces of furniture. It's breathtaking.

Marimoko bedding? Maybe Marimekko?
Too much concrete, such a beautiful nature and then your balcony looks like ?!
http://www.desiretoinspire.net/storage/allpostphotos/MichaelGrimmHixHousemg-004.jpg?__SQUARESPACE_CACHEVERSION=1418174033177

It looks like some of the ugliest socialist Plattenbau! That much about blending with nature

14 Dec 2014 | Unregistered CommenterOmbia

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