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Baca Architects have collaborated with us to create these stunning concept designs of the bíku treehouse retreat. Big thanks to Martina Chokova and Richard Coutts in particular for your hard work and continued support.
Visitors will be welcomed at the water’s edge by the main lodge. The retreat is only accessible by boat. Whilst the cutting patterns are designed in London, the lodge and treehouses are constructed from materials sourced on site or locally and we will be working with a local design team as well as local labour.
Treehouses feature outdoor showers, shaded balconies, sleeping areas and staircases that spiral around the tree trunk. We also want each treehouse pod to be able to be reached by a hanging walkway. The retreat will offer snorkelling and canoeing expeditions, treetop adventures and chocolate making activities. Key design considerations include deep overhanging for sun-protection, cross-ventilation, water-catchment, as well as protection from tropical rain-storms.
The forms are inspired by cocoa pods and other seed structures found in the rainforests of Panama. Bamboo’s diversity as a construction material is celebrated in numerous manifestations, including walls, screens, balustrades, roofing and cladding.