Tropical Homes : The Eastern Caribbean’s Architecture
Tropical Homes
The Eastern Caribbean’s Architecture
Nargisse Rafik, March 11, 2011
Elegant, hardcover books showing fine photography and featuring architecture,  scenery, and life styles in different parts of the globe have always been popular with the public. This particular bilingual (English and French) book showcases the colorful and rich architecture of the area that fascinates people around the world – the Eastern Caribbean region.

By the same token, it fills a significant gap among books of this type – for while there are many books focusing on Tropical-style architecture, they mostly deal with examples from Asia – like Bali or Thailand – but relatively very little is said about the Caribbean.

This happy, full of sun book takes you to a number of selected islands of the West Indies: from the big Barbados, Grenada, and St. Lucia, to the small, picturesque Bequia, and the tiny, privately-owned and very exclusive island of Mustique.


Beausejour, St Lucia_Derek Galon
Beausejour, St Lucia_Derek Galon


You will explore diversified life-styles, exemplified by a wide range of homes: From small, humble dwellings in fishing villages on the shores of the Caribbean, to heritage plantation houses, to fascinating designer homes, and multi-million-dollar mansions surrounded by sumptuous tropical gardens, and finally, to a surprising modern boutique-hotel that defies all standards. 

Jade Mountain, St Lucia_Exterior View_Derek Galon
Jade Mountain, St Lucia_Exterior View_Derek Galon


It’s a display of fascinating samples selected from the wealth of architectural styles abounding in the region. Think of this book as an exotic storyteller, offering you an opportunity to discover hide-away heritage treasures, as well as modern wonders, all in the midst of breathtaking, ever-new beauty of nature.

Mount Hartman Bay Estate, Grenada_Derek Galon
Mount Hartman Bay Estate, Grenada_Derek Galon


You are invited to indulge yourself in savouring the seductive beauty of this region. Thirty-one gems of its architecture, and the extraordinary people who are their owners, keepers, or creators, await you in this book to be discovered.

The manner of writing is light and anecdotal, with a very fresh and personal approach. The pictures will stay in your memory. That’s because this book was born of passion: the authors’ passion for fine architecture, for life-stories, for nature – for beauty in every form.


MT. Hartman Bay Estate, Grenada_Stairs_Derek Galon
MT. Hartman Bay Estate, Grenada_Stairs_Derek Galon


The authors, Derek Galon – experienced art photographer from Europe, and Margaret Gajek – seasoned art historian, researcher and writer – teamed up to create a series of captivating books, of which “Tropical Homes of the Eastern Caribbean” is the first one.

Because this enchanting architecture is intimately tied with the people living there, the authors have tried to present the various houses as perceived through the eyes and personal experiences of the individuals who dwell in them.

The text was very thoroughly researched, to give readers both sound factual information, as well as many intriguing details, well beyond what such books generally offer.

And the photographs are not only artistically beautiful but also highly professional and meticulously edited using revolutionary, new High Dynamic Range and Fusion techniques, for a juicier and more thrilling, spectacular effect.

The overall content, combined with the fine quality of print, makes this book an outstanding publication of its kind.

Tropica Homes_Cover_Derek Galon
Tropica Homes_Cover_Derek Galon


For the reader’s greater enjoyment and richer experience, additional material relating to the book will be offered on the publisher’s web site – like playable audio excerpts from selected interviews, working photos, and more.

www.ozonezonebooks.com

* Photo on the main page: Jade Mountain, St Lucia, Derek Galon