The 36-tent safari camp’s organic architecture integrates seamlessly into the site, which comprises dryland forests that merge into the rugged sandy coastline overlooking the Indian Ocean. The five-star eco-resort is designed to give visitors an intimate experience of Yala, celebrating the flora, fauna and culture of the area with minimal intrusion on the landscape.
Whereas the architecture focuses on the outer form of the boulders, the interior recalls the treasures concealed within them such as caves, crystals and veins of precious minerals. Capturing a sense of discovery, adventure and enchantment, the interior combines ecological luxury and local elegance with a contemporary edge. Echoing the context of the site, local materials such as stone, quartz and mud brick are paired with a rich palette of copper, brass, terrazzo, wood, bamboo and textiles. A strong focus is placed on high quality materials that age gracefully. Sculptural light installations punctuate the main spaces. A giant stalactite-inspired bamboo chandelier illuminates the bar surface.
The 42 square metre cocoon villas have been created as a sustainable development model for the hospitality industry with the comforts of a luxury hotel room and safety / durability for use in extreme environments. It aims to use as little material as possible to create a secure internal environment with minimal physical footprint; utilise sustainable and efficient technologies and recyclable materials while providing the highest level of luxury; and enhance the guest’s experience of nature. Prefabricating it offsite allows for a fast and efficient assembly process on site.