New York Times: A Curvaceous Treehouse Off the Coast of Panama

IBUKU, Press - February 25, 2023

The latest IBUKU project featured in New York Times:

“Designed by Elora Hardy, the creative director of the Bali-based architecture firm Ibuku, the treehouses, which sleep two, are largely built from wood excavated from the Panama Canal. (Forests were flooded as part of the canal’s construction.) “When you submerge wood in water for that long, it gets stronger, and it weathers in beautiful ways,” Hardy says. A spiral staircase leads up to an enclosed bedroom that’s entered through an egg-shaped door. The upper level is open so that guests can listen to the full symphony of the island, including birdsong, crickets and rain pelting the domed bamboo roof. Equally relaxing, says Hardy, is sleeping in a room with abundant curves, which the designer says mimic nature and our own bodies far more than right angles do. ”




The project was also featured in the Robb Report:




“Nayara Bocas del Toro, a private island resort in Panama, made waves last year when it introduced the world’s first elevated beach. Now, the property is literally taking its accommodations to greater heights.

Instead of opting for the luxe eco lodge’s overwater villas, the resort recently unveiled two, one-bedroom treehouses where you can sleep atop the lush tropical rainforest. The 50-foot suites are the first of five to debut and were designed by Ibuku, a Bali-based architecture firm founded by Elora Hardy. The studio is best known for building sustainable, bamboo structures throughout Indonesia; however, this project marks the firm’s first project in Central America.”

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