FINDING, THE RIGHT BALANCE.
Hurricane Felix landed on Nicaragua’s north Atlantic coast in September 2007. Instead of losing strength on landfall, Felix, gained strength and traveled west, leaving in its trail more than one million hectares of devastated rainforest. Jicaro Island Eco-lodge is one of the results of the initiatives to transform the fallen trees into sustainable products, helping the communities affected by the hurricane recover, and improve their living conditions, while creating a sustainable, responsible and certified forestry management model.
The resulting project was one of Nicaragua’s most successful signature hotels. A turnkey hospitality solution completely designed and prefabricated in our factory. The project was about finding the right balance, between a small island, the volcanic stone and a sense of weight and permanence. The design aimed to create spaces where the guests would never be aware that they were in a tiny little island, but to make them feel that they were are in a huge property.
The cabins are very private, with open air rooms, and a two-story approach that created a different perspective of the details and views. The restaurant, pool and bar areas managed to create enough separation while maintaining an ambiance of an island home. The key iconic features of Jicaro Island feature a Cenote, (ts’onot in Yucatec Maya), a natural pit bedrock that exposes groundwater underneath. The cenote marks the seasons by showcasing the water levels throughout the year, turning the hotel into a chronometer of the seasons.
Project: Jicaro Island Ecolodge
Location: Granada isles, Nicaragua.
Architecture and Turnkey solutions
Custom designed furniture
Client: Jicaro Island
Designer: Simplemente Madera
Head of Design: Matthew Falkiner
Completion dates: 2008