Creating the Beach House was a collaborative effort spanning multiple continents, a global pandemic and several years. Lance, Julie-Anne Uggla and architect Chad Emmanuel designed the entire house from top to bottom alongside Antonia Crespí from Casa Gstaad. They worked together on its inception, from demolishing the original building to placing the last piece of furniture. It was a labour of love centred around a single premise; an American Industrial aesthetic in classic colours such as blue, red and white. According to Antonia Crespí, the look is “effortless and very chic; it’s exactly what you imagine when you think of a Caribbean Beach House”.
But what makes the project so special is the intimate nature of the inside and outside areas and the way the house flows seamlessly between the two. The result is a visually stunning yet tranquil space that, even though exposed, creates a unique living experience that feels like home.
Lucy Siddall talks to Riley Uggla about how this Caribbean Beach House became a home at one with its environment.
Lucy Siddall: What was the initial design concept for the beach house renovation, and how did the location and landscape shape this?
Riley Uggla: The project aimed to design a house embodying a relaxed coastal living experience, combining timeless luxury and outdoor living. Naturally, the location and landscape played a significant role in shaping this concept. The team designed the outdoor spaces to optimise a beachside lifestyle and aimed to embrace the tranquillity of the location.
LS: We’ve previously defined home as the space between four walls. Do you feel a property in such a unique landscape changes that?
RU: Absolutely. The Caribbean landscape encourages an outdoor-oriented lifestyle, deepening the connection between a building and its natural surroundings and shifting the notion of “home” to include both its physical structure and the expansive beauty of the immediate outdoor space.