Development of a Private Island in The Bahamas

Submission: October 27, 2022
Registration: October 25, 2022
Language: English
Location: Bahamas
Prizes: Please see details below
Type: Open


The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has launched a competition for the design of a new luxury resort on a Private Island in the Bahamas.

The client is looking to create a highly sustainable destination that will attract diverse groups of travellers, the yachting community and residents, whilst preserving the surrounding natural beauty of the island.

The island, that once was home to a pineapple plantation, currently has no formal residential infrastructure, no roads, no power and no water supply. It features a shallow inland lagoon in the centre of the island and a thin peninsula which juts out 11 km (7 miles) east. The site for the planned development is a total of 107 acres.

The project revolves around three key areas to be developed on the island: a Beach Club, a Marina, and fully equipped bookable accommodation. Entrants will have the opportunity to submit designs for one or more of these categories.

The design competition is a two-stage process. The first stage will include the anonymous assessment of concept design ideas and selection of a longlist of up to 10 concepts for each category. The second stage will include a shortlisting process, whereby those selected will be asked to refine their ideas following feedback and the shortlisted designers will be invited to present their refined concepts to the Evaluation Panel.
The competition is open worldwide to all design professionals and students of these disciplines.

Design Categories

Entrants have the opportunity to focus on one or more of the following categories which have been identified as the key areas for development on the island:

  • Category A
    Beach Club Concept – including restaurant, bar and cabana design

  • Category B
    Marina Concept – including reception – meet and greet area, watersports, yoga/spa/fitness etc.

  • Category C
    Accommodation Concept – Bookable Accommodation


Deadline for questions 04 October 2022
Deadline for registration 25 October 2022
Phase 1 Deadline 12:00 (BST) 27 October 2022


A prize of £25,000 will be awarded to the overall winner with another £25,000 prize fund distributed amongst other prize winners as agreed by the Panel.


>>> Go to the competition’s website <<<