Project name: Treehouse Suite at Playa Viva Sustainable Boutique Hotel
Architecture and Interior Design Firm: Deture Culsign, Architecture+Interiors
Location: Playa Icacos, Juluchuca, Guerrero, Mexico
Date project completed: October 2015
Project Schedule: Expedited, only 6 months from design initiation to welcoming first guest
Area: 65 m2
Photography: Leonardo Palafox and The Cubic Studio
— Treehouse Suite at Playa Viva Sustainable Resort Design Brief —
Stroll the one-mile beach of this 12-key 200 acre eco-resort, and what draws your gaze is an elliptical shaped bamboo wrapped platform hovering somewhere between the canopy of palms above and green shrubbery below. This perch is the beachfront bedroom of the 65 sm bi-level treehouse suite.
Bamboo screening provides privacy while the roof is intentionally carved back so showering can be experienced outdoors, revealing palm trees by day and a blanket of stars by night.
With allwater heated by solar, all water recycled, all electrical provided by 100% solar power and all inclusive yoga classes, the impassioned eco-traveler or curious explorer can find harmonious balance with the surroundings and one’s self.
The perch removes all unnecessary elements to deliver an “au naturel", immersive retreat. An oversized, curved wood door perfectly arches to the bamboo sheathed perch.
Minimal locally made furnishing deliver unobstructed front and rear views, while hatch windows scatter about for continual peeks of nature and support passive cooling. Interior and exterior bamboo shoot reflects splaying branches of a true perch. Locally sourced woods create the perch edges of floor, ceiling and wall, each stagger as the randomization of elements found in nature.
Hoping to nudge guests to peel away typical inhibitions, a two-person floor hammock with unobstructed views down gives a true sense of suspension.
With an expedited schedule, it took 6 months from the initial design meeting, to receiving the first treehouse suite guest.