ECO LODGE CO2 NEUTRAL | Bamboo construction

An off-the-grid project

The Eco Touristic complex is a touristic resort in Costa Rica, near the village of Malpaìs. The complex consist in a smart grid which makes the resort self sufficient (with a backup connection to the grid in case of insuffcient energy supply or unexpected breakdown). The self sufficiency will be possible due to a closed loop of resource sharing. The touristic complex will relies on renovable energy and environmental friendly strategies  such as wind power, PV pannels, water collection and treatement, energy production from biomass and waste recycle.

The achievement of the zero energy balance was only possible thanks to an inclusive design strategy that encompasses the engineering and the architectural design

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passive strategies

The construction is designed according to local techniques, that implies simple shapes strongly characterized by the context and the tradition.The Eco Lodge is located in a plot of 7000m2, near the village of Malpaís  800 meters far from the Pacific Ocean. The territory is located between 150 and 190 meters above the sea level. The project aims to minimize the environmental impact and the sustainable aspect are central in every stage of the design.


Off-the-grid plan

– Entrance area – Parking and Electric Quad area of about 350m2

– Central Hall, reception, restaurant, toilets, staff dwellings,  plants, of about 800m2

– Elevated pathway connecting pubblic areas, private cabins and the swimming pool.

– Swimming pool area and bar

-14 cabins “cabañas” , 10 for 2 persons and 4 for families.

La cabaña


The house

The houses are designed according to the local techniques and vernacular architectures. The envelope and the openings are studied in order to enhance the natural ventilation, a fundamental strategy that solve the problem of an extremely humid climate.

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interior view

Construction with bamboo



construction schemes





View of the common area


view of the swimming pool


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