Puerto Rico… ah, that sultry rustic spot just nestled one short direct flight from NYC (and every major airport, it seems). Well, I’m sorry to say that it’s the one place I haven’t been (that you’d think with my latino skills I’d know left and right), but sigh… not yet. And, although I even have some friends that live there, I just haven’t had a chance to make it… yet. Perhaps I keep going back to my beloved Mexico, but one thing is for sure… we all have to check out this rustic eco-chic island of Vieques… Pronto!
As John Hix says, “Nature is more fascinating and beautiful than things that are made by man.” Architect John Hix of Hix Island House is a man with a vision, that’s for sure. Just check out his website and you’ll see that he clearly “strives to make buildings fit with Nature… understanding the forces in Nature that cause those natural things to be what they are.” So, what did he do? Bring those natural forces into his architectural vision, of course.
On Vieques, you’ll discover extraordinary gray granite boulders set about from some ancient primordial era.
The sculptural qualities are definitely awe-inspiring. His words speak for themselves… these are buildings that harmonize with the countryside and absorbed or concealed by the landscape. At Hix House, his goal is to get guests diverging from their mundane urban or suburban lives. Designing with nature in mind, sun, land, breeze, and rain allow him to conserve energy, reduce maintenance, and minimize chemical usage. Houses collect rain water, they’re heated from the sun and then excess water is used to replenish the surrounding flora. The houses also convert the sun’s rays into electricity.
The Wabi-Sabi construction of block and reinforced concrete surfaced with plaster is also hurricane, earthquake and fire-proof.
Unglazed windows offer direct connection with climate and Nature and concrete houses with their steel rolling doors and heavy wood shutters have become havens for neighbors and friends during hurricanes. To wit, they didn’t encounter any damage from the three they’ve withstood.
So, basically, we gotta check this out because “Su campo es nuestro campo”. There are lofts, 2 bedrooms, whole homes, casitas… pretty much something for everyone.
Including me and you.