Harmony

Overview

The Harmony Hotel in Guanacaste, Costa Rica has a worldwide reputation for its commitment to sustainability. Health and wellbeing are the central part of the experience at Harmony, which is in turn enhanced by the raw and natural beauty of their setting in Nosara. Studio Saxe was commissioned to create a wellness center and juice bar as part of a larger masterplan of facilities and activities.

Concept

As the new spaces had to enhance the user experience, we designed corridors that hover over the landscape that twists and turn, taking people on unexpected journeys. A series of timber yoga pavilions open to the outside and bring in light and sounds from the forest. The fabric roof covers and intricate pattern of wood blocks, creating the dappled sunlight you would normally experience under a natural tree canopy.

Design

At key moments during the Equinox and Solstice, the view of the sun emerging from the trees is framed and captured by the perimeter wall. This project allowed us to explore a long-held belief that architecture can support the search for wellbeing and happiness. Subtle and humble interventions in the natural landscape, such as the Harmony Wellness Center, allow people to relax and enjoy the world without the cares of everyday life.

Project Data

Location
Guanacaste, Costa Rica
Area
Aprox. 1500m2
Client
Harmony Wellness Center
Date of Completion
2013

Project Team

Architecture Team
Studio Saxe
Design Director
Benjamin Garcia Saxe
Project Architect
Felipe Barrantes
Project Coordinator
Laura Morelli
Builder
STR Structor