Pinamar is a beach resort located about 350 kilometers south-east of Buenos Aires and the landscape is predominantly filled with dense pine woods. Originally, the resort was an art gallery and the funky and colorful main house was built by local architect Clorindo Testa. To transform the art gallery into a hostel, they changed some of the spaces into rooms and added two private cabins in the woods. No trees were harmed and the cabins were placed in between the trees. The main house still functions as a gallery, which is now located on the first floor.
The space retains its artsy and funky vibe and the rooms can still be used as studios if you want to take an art vacation. The shipping container cabins were created by placing two 20-foot cabins together in an L-shape and each features heating, cooling, a kitchenette, a bathroom and a private balcony. The containers were bought from the port of Buenos Aires and the insulating panels are made from reconstituted materials.
Alterra’s accommodations are designed to keep you in close contact with the surrounding environment, which is why it’s considered upscale camping or “glamping”. The resort also features a pool surrounded by a deck of recycled wood, an organic shop, a paint shop and massages if you want one. Rates start at around $US 1,100 per week.