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Between nature and design, an incredible safari house

Architecture - May 20th, 2015

Imagine a safari house surrounded by wild palms and gnarled fig trees, a region inhabited by wild animals, where the cool waters of the Okavango Delta run: all of this is Sandibe Safari Lodge.

Nicholas Plewman Architects, South Africa, in association with Michaelis Boyd Associates, London worked together to redesign this sustainable lodge, located in the natural reserve of the Okavango Delta, Botswana.

The place was conceived as the anchor safari house for the destination, which was recently named the UNESCO World Heritage Site thanks to its extraordinary beauty and natural diversity.

Sandibe safari house is an oasis in the middle of the Kalahari Desert and its striking design fuses modernism and nature into a bold dramatic structure that is inspired by the Pangolin, a typical animal of the area.

The luxurious scheme design evolves into sculptural and clean lines, all driven by nature. The main facilities of the safari house, indeed, are nestled into wide timber ribs, while the lounge bar lines recall the fluid and sinuous forms of the rocks eroded by the wind.

Architects Nick Plewman and Michaelis Boyd reimagined the typically dark spaces of the safari lodges, and focused on light, tranquillity and a certain sense of grandeur.

Such an impressive and sophisticated vision was possible thanks to the use of natural materials: from the rusty tones of copper, to light fabrics, wood tables and details, all of them emphasizing the best of Botswana craft.

The 12 elevated suites are the celebration of this concept. Their nest-like aspect makes them the perfect private cocoon: cozy and intimate, fully equipped and featuring a private pool, overlooking the breath-taking landscapes.

In line with its sustainable stamps, the safari house is concrete free and relies solely on the latest technologies in alternative energy.

It is impossible not to say that Sandibe safari house is an ode to both nature and design.