Starchitect-designed island retreat hits auction block

Discover the exquisite design, sustainable features and breathtaking views of this remarkable architectural masterpiece as it heads to auction.
Abdul-Rahman Oladimeji Bello
A Caribbean beach island
Sandy Island Carriacou


Imagine owning your private island getaway—a self-sufficient oasis near picturesque Nova Scotia, Canada. But, then, get ready to turn that dream into a reality because the renowned Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) has partnered with luxury clothing brand Vollebak to create a mesmerizing off-the-grid retreat called Vollebak Island. And the best part? It's about to be auctioned off to the highest bidder!

Spanning an impressive 11 acres (almost 4.5 hectares), Vollebak Island will revolve around the centerpiece known as the Earth House. This extraordinary abode, covering an area of 597 square meters (roughly 6,400 square feet), will seamlessly merge with the landscape. Inside the Earth House, you'll find a cozy living and dining area adorned with thatch, creating a unique atmosphere.

A communal space will encircle a great fire pit, perfect for cooking, dining, and unwinding. Additionally, four bedrooms made from innovative materials like hempcrete, 3D-printed concrete, and boulders will provide cozy sanctuaries.

A Japanese-style bathhouse awaits relaxation, with soaking tubs carved from natural stone bedrock. And take advantage of the sunken stargazing room and meditation space, offering a tranquil escape. To top it all off, a glass brick greenhouse will nurture a bountiful supply of fresh produce.

Complementing the Earth House is the enchanting Wood House—an independent two-bedroom, two-bathroom residence constructed from locally sourced wood. With its generous glazing, the Wood House offers breathtaking panoramic views that will leave you in awe.

Innovation for the island

Starchitect-designed island retreat hits auction block
Private island

"Vollebak is using technology and material innovation to create clothes that are as sustainable and resilient as they are beautiful," shared Bjarke Ingels, the visionary founder of BIG. "In other words, the fashion equivalent of BIG's architectural philosophy of Hedonistic Sustainability. For Vollebak Island, we have imagined the rooms as a manufactured mount of individual volumes rising out of the ground and a separate outpost at the edge of the breaking waves."

Each building on Vollebak Island will harness the power of offshore wind, geothermal energy, and solar power, ensuring complete self-sufficiency. In addition, excess energy will be stored in Tesla Powerwalls, guaranteeing an uninterrupted power supply even during inclement weather conditions.

The opportunity to own this extraordinary island paradise will be available through Sotheby's Concierge Auctions. Bidding will begin on June 8 and conclude on June 14. The winning bidder will acquire ownership of the island and gain exclusive rights to the unique design, including planning permission. However, it's important to note that the construction costs will be the new owner's responsibility.

So, if you've ever fantasized about escaping to your off-grid sanctuary, mark your calendars and prepare to bid for the chance to claim Vollebak Island as your haven. This architectural masterpiece promises a sustainable and awe-inspiring lifestyle, embracing local traditions with a touch of global innovation. Take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to own a piece of paradise and redefine the boundaries of luxury island living.

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