The overwater Sunset Bar that doubles as wedding chapel, will be the iconic centre piece in a redevelopment of a boutique resort in the Maldives. The design is inspired by the sting ray, one of the most iconic fish of the surrounding sea.
The structure will be built entirely out of bamboo, one of the world’s most sustainable building materials.
The concept for this project investigates the various forms that water can take like a stream, a vortex or as concentric ripples produced on water’s surface when an object is dropped into it. Each of these rings offers different opportunities for private groups and individuals. The serene teahouse is located in the centre of a placid lake offering guests an opportunity for meditation and contemplation.
The simplicity and elegance of traditional Japanese Ryokans featuring tatami flooring and sliding shoji screens have always appealed to our aesthetic; while the creation of rock pools and ponds is a fascinating challenge. Many of these inns have been operational for over a thousand years – the oldest existing hotels in the world – one must therefore assume, that their appeal is timeless.
The values of the project allow us to focus on simplicity, mindfulness and healing, offering us an opportunity to explore biophilic design and man’s relationship with nature.
The Chinese county of Ani is well known for its bamboo, containing 60,000 hectares of bamboo groves with over 40 different species. Anji has been designated a pilot county for ecological and green building construction.
The focus of Anji is to develop ecological tourism, ecology-friendly agriculture and intustry, in harmony of the regions favourable environment and climate.
As part of that development, the Anji museum is being extended with a bamboo pavilion, that will celebrate bamboo as a fantastic construction material.
Inspired by the woven bamboo Chinese hat, the design blends the more traditional handicrafts with a contemporary architecture that mirrors mountains in the background.
The pavilion is developed in collaboration with our partners Hexia Architects from Hangzhou, China.
Wild Coast Tented Lodge is a 36-tent safari camp located adjacent to Yala National Park, on the southern tip of Sri Lanka. The eco-resort’s organic architecture integrates seamlessly into the site, which comprises dense dryland forest that merges into rugged sandy coastline overlooking the Indian Ocean. Showcasing the beauty of the natural surroundings with minimal intrusion on the landscape, the five-star lodge is designed to give visitors an intimate experience of Yala, and is the first of its kind in Sri Lanka.
The Cove development project is envisaged to deliver a high end ecologically sustainable eco retreat experience. The ambition is to use low impact natural materials in a sustainable tented design, utilizing local craftsmanship, renewable energy implementation, world class eco tourism operational procedures and the operational talent to bring out the setting for soul nourishing experiential vacations.
The single obvious challenge is to find the right balance between man-made intervention and the natural environment to provide a choice of activities that deliver the promise of soul nourishing experiences.
Wilpattu is the largest and one of the oldest National Parks in Sri Lanka and is renowned for its leopard population, pangolins, as well as elephants, sloth bears and spotted deer. Birdlife too is abundant with Spoonbills, Garganey, Pintails and Ibis, very common around the Willus (natural lakes).
Our aim is to strike a fine balance between the needs of the biotic community, and the comfort of the Lodges guests by developing a high end luxury camp concept that combines sophisticated tensile membrane roofs for the accommodation units with vernacular materials as bamboo and adobe that have been used for millennia in Sri Lanka.
The common facilities are built from traditional materials as adobe and bamboo but in a more organic and contemporary way, creating structures that mimic the endangered Pangolin animal.
In collaboration with LOLA landscape architects, Nomadic Resorts designed the Dome of Plants in Cape Town, South Africa. The dome is a temporary structure meant to become a hotspot in a now largely stagnant and grey part of town. Dealing with the water crisis, the spekboom plants in the dome are to be watered with purified urine. The Dome of Plants was presented in Cape Town during Design Indaba 2018 in front of 4500 attendees. Centrally positioned on Luthuli Plaza in Cape Town, a green dome of 20m width and 15m height will offer an inviting garden-like space for urban encounters.
The dome is an open shell covered with plants, forming a sphere-shaped botanical garden, hosting Cape Towns most exquisite local vegetation as well as air purifying plants. Underneath this vegetated shelter there is 175 m2 of indoor space and 175 m2 of stage and podium. Together they offer space for discussions, events, workshops, exhibitions, meetings, lunch and a quick coffee outside the big institutions, accessible for everyone. It is an attractive third place, and can become a hotspot in the cultural life of Cape Town.
The dome will be constructed of mainly biological materials (bamboo, wood and plants) and fed by purified waste water, with a minimal ecological footprint. The position in the city, its bold and lush appearance and the innovative construction and application of technology will make sure it will become a sustainable icon for the city. All over the world architects and enthusiasts are building domes, from tiny houses to airport-sized biodomes. It appeals to the need for protection in its simplest form: a shell that divides the outside world from a protected interior one; a communal bubble.
Soneva Kiri was a complex mixed use development involving a large number of designers and specialist contractors on a remote island in the East of Thailand. Our Creative Director Olav Bruin was working for 24H-architecture and was responsible for the architectural design and construction management of the Kids Den , Treetop Dining pod and Cooking Cave. Our CEO Louis Thompson was responsible for landscape design for the project as well as being the project manager responsible for ‘special projects’ such as the Eco Villa and Treetop Dining pod. Olav and Louis worked closely together on the treetop dining project and Cooking cave. The idea for Nomadic Resorts was born shortly after the completion of the project.
In close collaboration with Natrufied architecture Nomadic Resorts designed and built several bamboo structures for the 2016 and 2017 Shankra Festival in Graubünden, Switzerland. The designs were inspired by giant eagles that landed in the steep valley in the south of the Alps. The temporary bamboo structures comprise DJ stages and side structures surrounding the dance floor in a hexagonal composition. The 14 metre high bamboo ‘wings’ reach out to the sky as echo of the surrounding mountains. All joints were made using simple techniques: With ground drills, the bamboo poles were anchored into the ground. The bamboo joints were simply made with dowels and ropes. These construction techniques provide the structures to be easily dismantled and reused for the future editions of the festival.
Located south of the city of Chiang Mai, this 5,000 m2 primary school consists of an informal arrangement of pavilions, organized along pathways inspired by the shape of the tropical antler horn fern. The entire school has been built from local earth and local bamboo that has been naturally treated to withstand the elements. Organic vegetables and rice will be grown on school property. Environmentally friendly waste water treatment and food waste recycling producing organic fertilizers and biogas for cooking, round up the picture of an environmentally friendly school with a negligible carbon footprint. Panyaden School aims to deliver a holistic education that integrates Buddhist principles and green awareness with the highly regarded, International Primary Curriculum.
The Panyaden School has been designed by 24H-architecture in 2010 where our Creative Director Olav Bruin contributed to the design in his role as Project Architect. Olav also helped training up the local construction team of Chiangmai Life Construction with the different bamboo techniques during the first month of construction of the project. In 2017 the school was extended with a beautiful new assembly and indoor sports hall, designed and built by Chiangmai Life Construction.