Leaving the structure behind, reaching out to the wildness. I believe in simplicity in design, yet a complicated simplicity of this one-sidedness cabin. The cabins are comprised of a series deployable off-center scissor modules, rising upward 45 degrees, along the exterior of the cabins, deploying translucent waterproof canvas. The canvas can locked into an open position to allow airflow throughout the cabin. Visitors enter the three-floor building from either the ground level stairway or the “water” room entrance.
Highlighting the abundance of water on the site, the building has an automatic water collection system; each structural member pipes and exterior skins are function as drainage. Water travels through them to two tanks. The building is designed without foundations, it is stabilized by the weight of these two 1,900 gallon, 22,800 lbs / 102,419 kg tanks. As drain pipes bring water from the stream into the tank in dry season, it never needs to refill.
A short distance away from each cabin are the “cold / warm” spas, saunas, and massage areas; they take the visitor inside the water of the rain forest by nestling inside the face of two waterfalls using the warm spring water and cool rain water of the forest. Site strategy is based on visitor accessibility as well as proximity to water. Cabin sites are located along streams to provide visual and aural focal points. Privacy is given in the spacing of each cabin – each approximately 60 ft apart from one another – and use of the gurgling stream as a sound barrier.
Site: Rincon de La Vieja. Costa Rica