Kanopi House, Blue Lagoon, Jamaica
A tropical jungle of vine-drenched, 100-foot Banyan trees; soaring chartreuse bamboo and flowering magenta ginger lily descending into a secluded cove; where an elegant, earth conscious oasis of chic-ly appointed, 'tree houses' is linked by a winding pathway sliced through a sun dappled rainforest overlooking the Caribbean Sea. A private shoreline that wraps around a blue lagoon, ringed by an untouched coral reef; purple manta rays gliding through cloud of colorful fish in a warm turquoise sea, glazed in a layer of cool from the mountain stream that flows into, and over it.
Concept & Design: Low Impact Luxury
No trees were felled
Eco-friendly, low impact, organic and green; Kanopi House trends gently upon the earth. The property has created a limited 'footprint' rendered in a 'grey water' system, processed along a lined reed bed, and the use of sustainable, regionally sourced hardwoods.
Furnishings, designed and handcrafted by area artisans, are produced from renewable Jamaican materials: windows cased in cedar shutters, floors laid in Spanish Elm and Sweet Wood, stone quarried locally.
Caring for the environment as well as the community, Kanopi House artwork and décor accents are designed and sourced locally. From laundry hampers and wastebaskets woven from Jamaican banana leaf, to tableware, linens, planters and lampshades - each piece is handcrafted by the island’s skilled tradesmen and produced in the traditional island manner.
No trees were felled in the layout of Kanopi House; buildings were adjusted to accommodate the natural landscape; in some cases, trees simply go through the roof. A Guango tree a neighbor had chopped down and was poised to burn, refashioned as a series of organic, rough-hewn dining and coffee tables.