A tropical garden in the Bahamas, with an ornate wall decoration, has won a prestigious New Scientist prize.
The design, called Butterfly Wall, has inspired several other designs by architects, who hope to create more unique environments for their clients.
The winner of the 2015 New Scientist Design Award is a Caribbean coastal decor company called Tropical Wall, which designed the butterfly wall.
“The idea was that the design would be inspired by the island’s tropical foliage, and its many unique plant species, including the Caribbean lupine, which grows on the trees and stems,” the company said in a statement.
“We wanted to create an environment that would not only capture the tropical atmosphere, but also be a great place to relax, have a picnic, or even just have a chat with friends and family.”
It’s a beautiful way to make your own beautiful tropical gardens,” said the company.
The winning designs include a two-level home, one at each end of a long corridor, with a kitchen and bathrooms at the bottom.
The design also features a large terrace that could accommodate up to five people.
Aerial view of Tropical Wall’s butterfly wall design in Nassau, Bahamas.
The designers said they hope to build a larger version of the home in the Caribbean.
The Butterfly Wall is on display at the Nassau Museum of Natural History, which is dedicated to exploring the natural world.
The Butterfly Wall design is a collaboration between Tropical Wall and the National Tropical Botanical Gardens of Jamaica, where it was presented as part of a design competition last year.
The National Tropical Garden of Jamaica is an international conservation organisation that promotes and protects biodiversity in the tropics.