Antigua and Barbuda Special Economic Zone – Master Plan

Antigua, Antigua and Barbuda
Yida International Investment Group

Total Amount
2 Billion €


Current status

Architectural, Functional and Infrastructural Concept Design

Antigua is one of the two main islands that form the Caribbean State of Antigua and Barbuda. The island is known for its many sandy beaches. Antigua and Barbuda Special Economic Zone (ABSEZ) is a new multifunctional free trade area of 37 square kilometers. The project involves the construction of a completely new town, which will become the symbol of the island of Antigua, an example of a new and innovative economic model and a new frontier of luxury tourism. The master plan is based on a suggestive and unitary design with iconic landmark buildings with a great visual integration between the different functional areas and and with strong environmental integration. The project is designed as a living, pulsating organism in which the infrastructures are perfectly integrated with the buildings and the landscape, to ensure a relaxing, pleasant life in a context of absolute beauty. The most innovative principles of sustainable architecture have been applied in the project, to ensure maximum functionality and put together the most advanced technologies in respect of the environment. The Master plan has been conceived in order to appreciate the continuity of the coastline with its splendid beaches. The new city presents itself with a characteristic and evocative skyline – a suggestive view on arrival from the sea. The program provide a maritime station, which connects the port with terrestrial public transport – is the arrival node of the main street – the main road axis of the project connecting all the different functional areas. The alternation of full and empty spaces create large visuals from the landside to the open sea. The main road is intersected by a charming pedestrian bridge that leads directly into the bay. The urban space is characterized by the presence of four multifunctional towers. The terraced shape of the towers in the front line ensures a gradual transition from the coast level to the panoramic floors. The top level of the hotel tower buildings has a panoramic swimming pool. Along the main street, an electric people mover makes stops at pedestrian intersections and connects the most important places in the city, also connecting it with the airport. The circulation plan provides for a clear hierarchy of the roads and a clear distinction between vehicular and pedestrian routes. The distribution of functions has been specifically designed to ensure maximum use of the coast and to promote the aesthetic and commercial value of each area.