Coco is a place featuring artistic huts in a 2.5-hectare resort hidden in a mountainside of a tropical forest above Hermosa Beach, near the Costa Rican town of Uvita.Above Hermosa Beach, near the Costa Rican town of Uvita, there is a 2.5-hectare resort hidden in a mountainside of a tropical forest named Art Villas resort. And Coco is a part of the resort and represents a unique example of playful, sustainable, and modern tropical architecture.
Each treehouse on the hillside of the Art Villas resort has a view of the green valley. Coco Art Villas aspires to create a place for visitors to immerse themselves in the surroundings, relax their minds, experience a sense of adventure, and enjoy luxurious space. This place profoundly touches the hearts of everyone.
Notably, Coco Art Villas is built from local tropical wood, with tent canvas and other metal materials, giving the feeling of staying right in the Costa Rican jungle.“The same creative principle is used by Nature for millions of years. Nature inspires us to create an environment that we love and feel safe in. We follow on from to the principles of Natural Architecture, as formulated by our friend and teacher, architect Martin Rajniš”, says Architect Martin Kloda.
The architects have sensitively connected the individual buildings with terraces made of wood and expanded metal. The stops in the middle of the terraces allow guests to enjoy the view of the countryside, or even jump on that trampoline.
The terraces have a minimalist shape, and the architects intentionally designed them in clean lines, which are typical for other buildings in the resort. Only the main terraces in the two high levels are based on Coco house form itself. These terraces are set very close to the jungle and also offer views of the Pacific Ocean. Inside the treehouse has a minimalist interior with a playful atmosphere. You will not find anything unnecessary there, but at the same time, nothing will be missing. The focal point of each Coco bedroom is a bed that sits on a raised part of the floor.
The layout in each cabin is designed to take advantage of the most spectacular views, where monkeys and birds can be seen directly from the bed in each room. The mosquito net is used by the design of the house and is an indispensable item in the bedroom. The back of the bed is designed from welded wire mesh.In each bedroom, a different color is chosen, showing the color scheme of the dressing rooms. The artistic design for headboards is not accidental. “When I thought about a motif that would fit into Coco, it evoked in me the canopy tours, which are very popular in Costa Rica,” says the architect.
In the largest Coco, there is a shared kitchen and dining area. The red cabinet wall in the color “mamón chinos (tropical fruit)” contains two refrigerators, two freezers, and a food cabinet. The kitchen area serves for meal preparation and offers plenty of storage space for all dishes. This vertical dining table longitudinal axis dining table is the intention and aims at views of the Pacific Ocean.
White transparent shutters help protect the interior from wind and rain while allowing daylight through. Light and shadow filter through the large mosquito net protects visitors from wild forest creatures. When the architect first came to Costa Rica, they were worried about the forest and pristine beaches. Then they realized that there were symbiotic relationships among the dense green rainforest.The jungle is our home, but it’s not our own. It presents conditions that challenge us to stay present and respect the laws of nature.
There are many dining and relaxation activities, including professional cuisine, massage, sauna, yoga, professional spas, and gyms. A trampoline and large playroom give kids room to be more active, fun, and engaged. Art workshops, body, mind, and soul retreats that connect you with like-minded people are also available. Here you can enjoy pleasures in life with playfulness and harmony with nature.