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Nalu by Studio Saxe


Studio Saxe has completed Nalu, a boutique hotel and yoga studio set into the tropical landscape of Nosara, Costa Rica, and like the other projects the studio has completed, it's beautiful.

In keeping with the style that defines the growing studio, Nalu is a sustainable building that blends contemporary design with local craftsmanship, embracing the natural environment that surrounds and frames the architecture.


Nosara has become a destination for visitors from around the world for health, wellness and surfing and so the owners of Hotel Nalu-Nosara, Nomel and Mariya Libid, wanted a design that reflects the attitude of their guests. The yoga studio, which has also become incredibly popular as a multipurpose gym space, is enveloped by lush vegetation on all sides and therefore becomes a jungle retreat for exercise and relaxation.


Guests at the hotel are provided with individual pavilion ‘homes’ rather than rooms, located just a few minutes walk from the ocean. By breaking up the mass of the traditionally monolithic hotel, the architects were able scatter living spaces amongst the trees and create a sense of privacy while surrounded by the natural world. Each pavilion has been carefully positioned following meticulous research into wind and sun patterns, while ensuring they are all provided with an individual view out to the landscape.


Overlapping timber roofs project out over each pavilion providing shade from the intense equatorial sun. These roofs are made of recycled Teak planks, creating uneven patterns that further emphasise this tension between local craftsmanship and modern design.


Rooms are connected via corridors that filter dappled sunlight down from the pergola roofs above and frame more views out the lush surroundings


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