A step towards self-sufficient farming on the Caribbean Island of St. Maarten has been made. Important were the requirements related to extreme conditions of hurricanes, earthquakes and a tropical climate. 
Complex with three clusters
The sustainable farming complex consists of three clusters:
- community center (shop, restaurant, educational center)
- accommodations for internal students
- farmhouse
An agricultural area is foreseen for vegetables, fruit trees and linseed, partly experimental.
Sustainable and attractive design
The design is both attractive and sustainable. Colors remind of the original landscape; materials are mainly local. Sustainability was the guiding theme. 
The buildings are earthquake and hurricane resistant, using rammed earth and bamboo. Due to the autonomous energy and water systems, the complex can survive independently after a disaster. Materials and constructions can be easily repaired.
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