Cayman International School
Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
Office Lou Arencibia, in collaboration with DECCO, has been commissioned to lead the landscape design for the expansion of the Cayman International School (CIS) – a school that serves the Camana Bay community and Grand Cayman at large. The expansion of the 13-acre campus includes the addition of an early childhood development facility and a new high school.
The design focuses on reinforcing connections to the existing and proposed buildings, creating clear spatial hierarchies that incorporate a variety of landscape typologies and establish inviting and comfortable outdoor spaces for students and staff.
At the heart of the two new buildings, a central plaza creates a unique social destination on campus. The plaza is a lushly planted flexible space with various seating areas that allow for opportunities for social engagement, performances, dining, play, and moments of respite.
Based upon research in child growth and development, the design for the early childhood development courtyard is intended to create informal spaces that promote child exploration and become an extension of the educational environment. Mounded plant beds are situated at the periphery of the courtyard to create a holistic design that maintains focus on the two large play areas. A bold natural landform with a serpentine accessible path ensures that all children can engage in play. A series of palm groves and native trees provide shade, creating a comfortable environment for kids to play and engage with nature.
Other key elements include a tricycle track, clubhouse, splash fountain, pump, climbing structure, and social seating nooks.