The future of Architecture ought to encompass a vision of preservation and innovation which is envisioned in parallel to the optimum sustainability of humanity and our environment.
-Lachaba Carr Joseph
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ABOUT DYNAMIC LATITUDE
Dynamic Latitude is a Grenadian based architectural design and planning studio founded by Grenadian Architect Lachaba Carr Joseph in 2020. The name Dynamic Latitude is derived principally from “Dynamic Architecture” by Italian Architect David Fisher, which is a branch of architecture that embraces movement and dynamism volumetrically and functionally in architectural designs. To complete the name giving reference to the Grenadian origin of our studio, the word Latitude inexplicitly draws reference to the latitude of Grenada at 12.1 degrees North the equator.
Dynamic Latitude is engaged in design and planning work within the Tri island state of Grenada, having done about two dozen projects in Grenada. We provide architectural services for all project types.
As a registered Grenadian based studio we provide planning services for property owners primarily in Grenada. Nevertheless with an online presence, our work at times extends beyond Grenada through collaboration with professionals abroad on a conceptual level. By extending our design sensibilities beyond Grenadian architecture our design work is aesthetically contemporary with a tropical vernacular. As such the aim of our design work in Grenada is to provide top notch architectural design and planning services.
Locally Dynamic Latitude provides full design and planning services inclusive submissions for governmental building approval of any project type, construction drawings and project tendering and construction supervision and inspection of proprietary projects in Grenada.
Dynamic Latitude | Architecture of the Future
CONTEMPORARY ARCHITECTURE IN GRENADA
Grenadian architecture has been shaped by cultural influences. Consequentially, due to Grenada’s colonial history the antecedence of current the architectural trends in Grenada and more over in the Caribbean, still remains a type of colonial form of architecture reflected in a rebranded post colonial. The current international trends of architecture speaks to a broad contemporary scope of architecture encompassing minimalistic, deconstructivity, post-modernist, organic elements etc. and a general mix of architectural styles within a material composition of concrete, steel and glass. The predominant architecture identified currently in Grenada is a mix of colonial with modern architecture. Modern architecture is a predominant style of architecture which emerged at the turn of the 20th Century and preceded the era of contemporary architecture.
In Grenada there is very few record of contemporary architecture however slowly emerging due to change in global trends. The architecture within the spice isle of Grenada that would classify as contemporary architecture represented by clean fluid lines in geometry and fenestration, predominantly borrows characteristics of minimalist architecture. In general, Grenada is a little behind the times in terms of current architectural trends.
There are a couple of reasons why Grenadian architecture has not reflected current global trends. Principally, from material availability to technical innovation and expertise, we in Grenada are at a disadvantage to readily resort to construction methodology which may yield ground breaking contemporary architectural forms. Indeed to accomplish such innovative measures would usually require for instance prefabricated construction and pre-engineered materials. Unfortunately in Grenada such measures are likely to result in exorbitant cost directly because materials and expertise may likely need to be imported.
Secondly, contemporary architecture has not taken root in Grenada due to cultural and aesthetics preferences as per property owners. The Grenadian concept of what a house or building ought to look like in a tropical environment generally dictates owner's taste and architectural requirements. This is generally due to a lack of familiarity or rejection of global architectural trends, nostalgia for Grenadian living and a repetition of what is customarily built here. The insertion of some contemporary architecture in Grenada is primarily due to foreign property owners and returning nationals, whose travels have evolved their perspective on what a modern home or building ought to look like. As such architecture in Grenada remains a cultural derivative of personal taste.
Although Dynamic Latitude advocates for more contemporary architecture in Grenada and a move to a more organic and fluid form of architecture of the future, the traditional form of architecture is appreciated within context. Contemporary architecture and architectural designs in Grenada ought to take into consideration the context and environment both historical and cultural or it can lose meaning and intent to satisfy the values of the occupants. Therefore contemporary architecture has its place and is not always applicable with historical and cultural context. In Grenada with the urban cityscapes of historical importance, the general impetus of architecture in these zones ought to move to more sustainable forms of architecture given our changing world and at the same time preserving the historical attributes with makes the image of Grenada familiar and makes us Grenadian..
STUDIO'S ARCHITECTURAL PHILOSOPHY
The future of Architecture ought to encompass a vision of preservation and innovation which is envisioned in parallel to the optimum sustainability of humanity and our environment. In our age of contemporary architecture our needs are best served by reducing construction wastage and a heavy dependence on non-renewable energy to achieve a functional design requirement. Being unable to adjust our architectural design practices will inevitably leave humanity with a delayed course of action to live in natural equilibrium.
As a representation and expression of humanity, architecture should reflect our values. Our values ought to support the longevity of humanity and must be based on a general respect for nature. The future of architecture is one which not only satisfies a human necessity but also an ecological necessity.
Architecture + Environment
DYNAMIC LATITUDE: PROJECT LIST
Office Building (Confidential) | Architect | Three storey 12,200 Sq. Ft. Office Building | Grand Anse, St. George's, Grenada
Residence at Westerhall (Confidential) | Architect | 7,000 Sq. Ft. Residence | Westerhall, St. David's, Grenada
Residence at Hilltop Lot 32 | Architect | 2,850 Sq. Ft. Residence | Petite Calivigny, St. George's, Grenada
Residence at Forte Jeudy Lot 152 | Architect | 4,000 Sq. Ft. Residence | Forte Jeudy, St. George's, Grenada
Residence at Old Westerhall | Architect | 4,800 Sq. Ft. Residence | Old Westerhall, St. David's, Grenada
Light House Drive Villa & Cottages | Architect | (1) Villa & (2) Cottages | True Blue, St. George's, Grenada
Residence at Mt. Parnassus | Architect | 4,400 Sq. Ft. Residence | Mt. Parnasus, St. George's, Grenada
Cottages at St. Loius | Architect | (2) Cottages of 1,200 & 1,600 Sq. Ft. | St. Loius,Carriacou, Grenada
Mabouya Vue Villa | Architect | 5,200 Sq. Ft. Residence | St. Louis, Carriacou, Grenada
Healthcare Building Extension (Confidential) | Architect of Record | 4,400 Sq. Ft. Building Extension | St. George’s, Grenada
Sea View Drive Residence | Architect | 3,400 Sq. Ft. Residence | Lance Aux Epines, St. George's, Grenada
Residence @ Egmont 299 | Architect | 3,600 Sq. Ft. Residence | Egmont Development, St. George's, Grenada
Residence @ Egmont 209 | Architect | 3,200 Sq. Ft. Residence | Egmont Development, St. George's, Grenada
Residence @ Egmont 301 | Architect | 3,500 Sq. Ft. Residence | Egmont Development, St. George's, Grenada
Roots Residence | Architect | 3,600 Sq. Ft. Residence | Gouyave, St. John's, Grenada
True Blue Commercial Plaza | Architect | 13,000 Sq. Ft. Commercial Building | True Blue, St. George's, Grenada
MP Trading Inc. -As Built Drawings -Steel Framed Warehouse / Retail Building | Building Survey Architect | Excess of 20,000 Sq. Ft. Commercial Building | Dusty Highway, Grand Anse, St. George's, Grenada
Villa Eunica-Lot 10 Residence @ Forte Jeudy | Architect | 4,600 Sq. Ft. Residence | Forte Jeudy, St. George's, Grenada
Residence @ Pointe Marquis Development Lot 43 | Architect | 2,000 Sq. Ft. Residence | La Saggesse, St. David's, Grenada
Ying Yang Residence @ Woburn Bay | Architect | 3,700 Sq. Ft. Residence | Woburn, St. George's, Grenada
Residential Extension @ Molinere | Architect | 1.200 Sq. Ft. Residence | Molinere, St. George's, Grenada
Residence @ Egmont 208 | Architect | 5,200 Sq. Ft. | Egmont Development, St. George's, Grenada
Egmont Bay Private Villa | Architect | 2,500 Sq. Ft. Residence | Petite Calivigny, St. George's, Grenada
Thy Kingdom Come Deliverance Sanctuary | Architect | 9,000 Sq. Ft. Church Building | Morne Jaloax, St. George's, Grenada
Isaac Residence | Architect | 1,000 Sq. Ft. Cottage | Bel Air, Carriacou, Grenada
Residence @ Egmont 302 | Architect | 2,000 Sq. Ft. Residence | Egmont Development, St. George's,, Grenada
Brownstone @ Morne Delice | Architect | 3,600 Sq. Ft. Residence | Morne Delice, St. George's, Grenada
Beach House Jetty | Sub-consultant Architect | 30 foot Jetty | Quarantine Point, St. George's, Grenada
Hoford Residence | Architect | 3,500 Sq. Ft. Residence | Petite Calivigny, St. George's, Grenada
Glenelg Spring Water Plant | Architect | 2,000 Sq. Ft. Space Planning | Mt. Rule, St. Patrick's, Grenada
Morne Rouge Loft | Architect | 1,000 Sq. Ft. Residence | Morne Rouge, St. George's, Grenada