Credited with developing the open-air concept and indigenous features that distinguish the nearby world-famous Ladera resort, American architect John DiPol was also a master interior designer with an enthusiastic interest in yachting and tennis.
DiPol built the Villa Piton as his masterpiece and private residence. The home is an extension of DiPol’s Ladera design and represents the spirit of DiPol incarnate, expressing its rich surroundings by fusing the lush natural landscape with rich St. Lucian materials to engender a space without bounds.
The open tranquility of the villa resounds in its nuances and design, as the natural gray St. Lucian granite and cedar woodwork rise gently from its place, high upon the ridge between St. Lucia’s most celebrated Pitons, as if nature had intended it.
Outside the home, DiPol’s vision of rolling rooflines and louvered cedar doors combine sweeping openness with absolute privacy. Subtleties in the architecture play upon the old French mill design, preserving the villa’s Old World heritage within its Caribbean overtones. Throughout the inside of the villa the cedar and granite stone couple effortlessly with hand-laid terra cotta tile floors, colorful traditional Italian mosaics and local woodcarvings and sculpture art, adding color and texture to compliment the design.