Hotel Nalu-Nosara is located in Nosara – a beach town on the northern coast of Costa Rica’s Nicoya Peninsula village – which has become a popular destination for health, wellness and surfing retreats.
Aiming to attract these health-conscious tourists, the San Jose officé of Studio Saxe designed the boutique hotel and yoga studio to make the most of the tropical environment.
The yoga studio is left open to the planting on all three sides and features a pared-back style that makes it versatile for different activities as well as yoga.
Wooden flooring echoes the ceiling, while the exposed black metal structure also forms the frame for hanging boxing punch bag. Large windows provide views to the multipurpose gym space set behind.
“Our project at Nalu represents the power of simple, low-key, modern tropical architecture,” said studio founder architect Benjamin Garcia Saxe.
“The yoga studio, which has also become incredibly popular as a multipurpose gym space, is enveloped by lush vegetation on all sides and therefore becomes a jungle retreat for exercise and relaxation.”
The accommodation is separated into pavilions scattered across the site of hotel, which is located just a few minutes walk from the ocean, to allows for plenty of privacy and for trees to grow between.
Each space is are made up of a series of volumes, varying from two to three, orientated to offer guests differing views of the landscape.
Overhanging roofs raised on clerestory windows top each block to offer shade from the sun. The underside of the roofs feature uneven patterns as the result of the recycled teak planks, which the architects chose to reference the region’s local craftsmanship.
Large glass doors from the open-plan kitchen, living and dining rooms open onto the private rear gardens, which each have a swimming pool.
The living space connects to the bedrooms by a walkway topped with a slatted roof thats bring in dappled daylight. Greenery is set in planters running along the path, with a long wooden bench below.
Studio Saxe, which recently changed its name from Benjamin Garcia Saxe Architecture, was founded by architect Benjamin Garcia Saxe in San Jose in 2004 and now also has an office in London.
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