Traditional yet statement-making, thatched structures are a popular choice for new nature retreats these days. The latest example comes by way of a striking luxury villa development in Rwanda, with wide views of nearby volcanoes and proximity to a gorilla conservation area.
Designed by Garreth Kriel from South African firm Nicholas Plewman Architects, “Bisate Lodge” offers six dwellings, each with cocoon-like forms and domed roofs, which mimic hills of the surrounding landscape. The earthy vibe becomes more refined inside, where interior designers Caline Williams-Wynn and Nilfah Adams showcase a rich variety of woven materials. Each lodge clocks in at about 980 square feet and includes a living area with a full-height fireplace, bedroom, bathroom, and private deck.
The villas, developed by ecotourism company Wilderness Safaris, also come with a reforestation component, for which 15,000 trees of 10 indigenous species were planted, along with three sewage treatment plants to avoid site contamination.