Ocean Home tours The Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa and The Residences at Seafire
Two new towers rising above legendary Seven Mile Beach on Grand Cayman Island are striking symbols of a new approach to architecture in the western Caribbean.
They're starkly modern in a destination that's more tradition-bound in its resort design. They soar 10 stories high - taller than any building on the island - with sweeping ocean vistas. And they're built to withstand 150 mph winds, exceeding hurricane standards for Dade County, Fla.
That last part is important. In 2004, Hurricane Ivan ripped through Grand Cayman, devastating a small hotel close to the beach on the 12-acre site.
The result? Owners Dart Real Estate, working with a team of leading designers from Powerstrip Studio in Los Ange les, SB Architects in San Francisco and local architect John Doak shifted strategies for the property's development...