Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Cement Tile Home Tour - Tree House

Note: This post is second in an occasional series showcasing homes with cement tile. The previous one in this series is: Cement Tile Home Tour – Form & Function.

Today’s cement tile tour is a special treat! In this tour you’ll get to experience the vacation home of Oscar Imbert. The home is located in Punta Cana on the Caribbean island of Hispaniola.

Cement Tile flooring at the entry to Oscar Imbert's Tree House
Cement Tile flooring at the entry to Oscar Imbert's Tree House
Photo courtesy of Jorge Aguayo

Oscar Imbert is one of the Dominican Republic’s most renowned architects and his Dominican Republic vacation home is every boy's (and many girl's) dream. An almost whimsical place that immediately made me think of Swiss Family Robinson. However, the home is much more than that! It is classic Oscar Imbert because it showcases his trademark style: a daring melange of hurricane resistant and eco-friendly style based on native Taino Indian designs and peasant Spanish or campesino style melded with classic Spanish architectural heritage.

Oscar Imbert is noted for his high roofs, bright colors and tall wooden doors that only hint about what lay behind them.

Solid color cement tile in the lower level patio of Oscar Imbert's Tree House
Solid color cement tile in the patio
Photo courtesy of Jorge Aguayo

The architect embraces the use of Caribbean breezes for cooling his home and he blurs the boundary between indoor and outdoor living. Notice how sandy-colored cement tiles create a beach just a few feet from the water's edge and surround the hammocks?

Cement tile decorative accents with solid color tile in a hallway
The cement tile pattern from entry accents the solid color tile in hall
Photo courtesy of Jorge Aguayo

He is well known for bringing palm-thatched roofs back into fashion when designed the striking Punta Cana International Airport in 1983. He trademark is showcased here.

Special thanks to Jorge Aguayo of Aguayo Tiles who made this opportunity possible.

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