Location: St. John USVI

Architect: Morgante Wison Architects

Construction: Springboard Construction

Photography: Steve Simonsen 

Designed by Morgante Wilson Architects, the house showcases a gentle curve and harmoniously blends into the hillside, granting each room a breathtaking view of the ocean. Constructed using poured-in-place concrete, the structure was meticulously crafted to endure the fierce hurricanes common during the season. To soften the exterior, traditional architectural elements were incorporated, including intricate exterior trim profiles, red clay tile roofing, Tuscan columns, mahogany windows, and local stone cladding.

Through elegant elliptical arches, occupants can appreciate the panoramic vista of St. Thomas Island, framed by the infinity edge pool that seamlessly merges with a fountain and foot wash located below the property’s private beachfront. The seamless flow between indoor and outdoor spaces is facilitated by sliding glass doors, open terraces, and balconies. The interior design exudes a transitional aesthetic, embracing a clean and effortless island lifestyle. Organic and natural materials were thoughtfully chosen to enhance the inherent beauty of the surrounding landscape. The color palette draws inspiration from the enchanting blue-green hues of the ocean that envelop the mountainous island.

This family home boasts five master suites, each featuring an open-air shower that provides both privacy and a connection with nature while enjoying the mesmerizing view. The concept guiding the design was to allow the stunning outdoor vistas to take center stage, resulting in serene and unobtrusive interiors. The team at Morgante Wilson Architects paid equal attention to the views and vistas beyond the building site. Mindful of not detracting from the scenery, patterns were kept to a minimum, a decision that was embraced by the clients who placed their trust in the expertise of the architects.

An exemplary illustration of this approach can be seen in the project located on the U.S. Virgin Island of St. John. Situated along the waterfront, nestled within the embrace of a curved bay and protected by a hill, the building site offered an unparalleled setting. The floor plan was skillfully curved to mirror the site’s shape, thereby maximizing the expansive views that unfold as one navigates through the residence.