Immerse yourself into nature, when architecture melds with futuristic design to create the ultimate escape. On a island in Panama, luxury awaits within a giant cocoa-pod shaped tree house.
Baca Architects have pushed all of the boundaries to make this wild dream a reality. Collaborating with local tradesmen and world-renowned architects in London, the project will showcase local materials and resources, whilst the patterns and structures will be assembled back in the United Kingdom. Bamboo has been strategically picked as the primary structure, and makes use of the island’s abundance of the plant. It also allows assembly of the hotel to take place on the island, which can only be accessed by boat, minimizing the need for construction vehicles and decreasing the likelihood of man-made damage occurring within the natural environment.
The design gracefully amalgamates itself between two juxtaposing worlds- the beauty of unrefined nature combined with space-age aesthetics. It’s something that kids would dream of in their wildest imaginations and that adults alike would fantasise over.
The cutting-edge design pays respect to the native flora found in Panama, and it’s no coincidence that cocoa is one of the country’s most delicious and valued exports found within the hotel’s habitat. The eco-friendly hotel will use local labor and design teams to produce the best quality tree houses.
The pods themselves feature all of the five star needs any other hotel would offer, including bedrooms, spiral staircases, outdoor showers and beautifully situated balconies. The pods appear to almost be split open, much like a cocoa pod, however Baca Architects have harnessed this design to consider much important logistics like cross ventilation, rain protection and cross ventilation.
It’s an epic design worth venturing into, and is a stunning example of how opposing worlds can come together to create awe inspiring and architecturally challenging projects. The Panama Pods are something worth looking forward to, however I can’t help to wonder how a similar concept may fare in Australia. Would the tropical north of Cairns best suit a luxe tree trunk? Or maybe the foggy mountains of Tasmania could play host to a glass house interposed within gum trees… I openly invite the Baca Architects to make our home their playground.