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Baca reveals plans for treehouse retreat in Panama

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Baca Architects has unveiled designs for a sustainable ‘eco-resort’ in Panama where guests will stay in treehouses inspired by cocoa pods

The scheme for BIKU is earmarked for a waterside plot on the Isla Pastores in the island chain of Bocas del Toro on the Caribbean coast and will only be accessible by boat.

According to the London-based practice, the main lodge and accommodation will be built from materials sourced on site and with local labour.

The treehouses will have outdoor showers, shaded balconies, sleeping areas and staircases that spiral around the tree trunk.

A spokesman said: ‘Key design considerations include deep overhanging roofs for sun protection, cross-ventilation and water catchment, as well as protection from tropical rainstorms.

’The forms are inspired by cocoa pods and other seed structures found in the forests of Panama. Bamboo’s diversity as a construction material is celebrated in numerous manifestations, including, walls, screens, balustrades, roofing and cladding.’

Work is expected to start on site next year.

241 v002 interior view

241 v002 interior view

Project data

Location Isla Pastores, Bocas del Toro, Panama
Type of project Leisure (hotel and treehouses)
Client BÍKU Treehouse Retreat
Architect BACA Architects
Start on site date Spring/Summer 2018
Completion date Summer 2019
Gross internal floor area Main Lodge 250m²; treehouse 25m²
Form of contract and/or procurement A101 2017
Total cost $1.5 million

241 001 site plan


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