Above Hermosa Beach, near the Costa Rican town Uvita, on a steep tropical jungle slope, sits a hidden Art Villas resort. COCO, the five egg shaped structures designed by architects ARCHWERK and interior design firm Formafatal, form a part of that resort and offers a sustainable glamping experience.
When owner Filip Žák approached the architects, he wanted to create a place where visitors merge with the surrounding nature, clear their mind and experience luxury and adventure at the same time. The challenge was to build with simple solutions and local materials, bringing the experience of an immediate stay in the Costa Rican jungle. According to the owner’s words, the structures should be “tree houses” placed on the hillside of the resort, but in the freshly established garden without fully grown trees. And he asked for a design that no one had seen before. The result was a nest of several shelters located on a fall overlooking the valley.
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, without the need for any added decoration. The construction principle allows flexibility in the size, shape, and composition of several similar objects in complicated terrain.