Situated on a sandy beach island called Vamizi in Mozambique, Suluwilo Villa is a group of shelters shaped like local boats. Designed by Cape Town-based COA, each small house is topped with a thatched roof and is completely made from local, biodegradable materials. Sustainable, airy and gorgeous, Suluwilo Villa is immersed in nature and surrounded by water.
Inspired by the traditional Dhow fishing boats in East Africa, the angled shelters´ roofs divert strong winds coming in from the sea. Made from dried plants, the thatched roofs are biodegradable, cool, breathable and compostable. Although the villa is situated a few steps away from the beach, each house has a small private pool for relaxing and soaking up the sun.
Constructed mainly from local wood and straw, the shelters also incorporate the use of mud (walls) and water (outdoor baths) as cooling elements. Each shelter features a bedroom and studio space in the angled attic, a living room on the ground floor, and a bathroom that can be accessed via a top-level bridge. Made from sustainable materials and set on a paradisiacal African island, COA´s Suluwilo Villa is a luxurious eco-friendly retreat.