The Coco by ARCHWERK and Formafatal


Above Hermosa Beach, near the Costa Rican town Uvita, on a steep 2.5-hectare tropical jungle slope – there is hidden Art Villas resort. COCO forms a part of the complex and represents a unique example of playful, glamping, sustainable and modern tropical architecture.

When the investor approached the architects, he desired to create a place where the visitors merge with the surrounding nature, clear their mind and experience luxury and adventure at the same time. He wanted to create a place that digs deep into everyone´s heart.

Welcome To An Exquisite Jungle Experience
CoCo Villas boasts a unique shape borne from an original design. Its construction was an incredible experiment with wood, metal, and a special seven-layer sail that we welded on the spot. Each pod is deeply entrenched in the jungle and offers an experience reserved for the brave.

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.

When we first came to Costa Rica, we thought it was for the ocean and wild beaches. Now we realize that our symbiotic relationship is with the dense, green tropical forest. The jungle is our home, but it’s not ours to own. It presents conditions that challenge us to stay present and respectfully aware of the laws of nature.

But not in spite of luxurious comfort…
Comfort and self-enhancing activities abound, from expert cuisine, massage, sauna, and yoga, as well as access to the spa pavilion and professional fitness room. A large trampoline and playroom keep children active, engaged, and social. Art workshops as well as body, mind, and soul retreats connect you to like-minded people.

Here you can indulge in life’s pleasures with playfulness and curiosity, in solidarity with nature. The architects from the ARCHWERK studio are behind the architectural concept of Coco Villa and Wing. The architects from Refuel works designed the architectural concept of the concrete Art Villa.

The author of Atelier Villa is Formafatal studio headed by Dagmar Štěpánová. In addition to interior design, Formafatal imprinted the final form of each villa and united the entire Art Villas resort into a unique, integrated complex. Source by ARCHWERK.

  • Location: Uvita, Costa Rica
  • Architect: ARCHWERK
  • Interior design: Formafatal
  • Project Team: Martin Kloda, Hana Procházková, Dagmar Štěpánová
  • Landscape architect: atelier Flera
  • Client: Filip Žák
  • Plot size: 25000 m2
  • Interiors area: 140 m2
  • Terraces area: 204 m2
  • Completion year: June 2020
  • Photographs: BoysPlayNice, Courtesy of Linka

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