While it might be tempting to build on a tabula rasa, real architectural ingenuity begins when architects engage fully with a challenging site. And ProjectCR+D showed just how to do that with the Rio Perdido boutique hotel in a hot spring tourist resort in Costa Rica. Twenty prefab units are peppered around this wooded landscape in a seemingly arbitrary, meandering row. But it's really to accommodate the housing on the site's naturally open spaces, without cutting down a single tree or changing the existing topography. As a result the bungalow—with its floating decks and cool, contemporary interiors—fits into the landscape in one harmonious stroke of design.
∙ No Trees Were Removed To Create This Bungalow Hotel In Costa Rica [Contemporist]