Filip turned to us with an amazing challenge: to build a luxurious, but at the same time adventurous living options, bringing the experience of an immediate stay in the Costa Rican jungle.
Importantly, they were to be designed with simple solutions and local materials.
According to the investor's words, they should be "tree houses" placed on the hillside of the Art Villas resort, but in the freshly established garden without fully grown trees. And he asked for a design that no one had seen before.
We designed a nest of several shelters located on a fall overlooking the valley and named them Coco.
In our design, we used our previous experience from the completion of our experimental design and build projects on the border of architecture, landscape architecture and urban design.
The main construction material is local tropical wood, complemented by a tent canvas and metal elements.
Rational construction is the basis of the design. It creates the form and atmosphere by itself, without needing of any added decoration.
The construction principle allows flexibility in the size, shape and composition of several similar objects in complicated terrain.
The outcome and experience
The pods are exposed to nature and the elements.
Rain only falls six months of the year in late afternoon cascades, and when a storm hits, it’s a dramatic and unforgettable experience.
Transparent and white shutters protect the interior from rain and wind while allowing daylight to penetrate.
Wedges of light and shadow filter through the big mosquito net that offers protection from wild jungle critters.