You might see them standing up above the trees, covered in greenery and made with an interesting conical shape. But if you start looking closer, you’ll find that these extraordinary wooden structures are actually luxury resorts. They’re posh and beautiful, and get people close to nature in an amazing way. And the most impressive thing about these buildings is their sustainability. These luxury resort buildings produce their own water.

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BAOBAB Luxury Safari Resort is eco-tourism at its best. Designed by MASK Architectures, this amazing resort uses an innovative feature known as air-to-water technology. Water can be an expensive and sought-after commodity in Africa, which creates massive health problems.

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A triangle structure with water flowing from underneath it

Thereby, the air-to-water technology is integrated into each one of the resort buildings. This tech works on its own, pulling moisture out of humid air. Dehumidification techniques pull moisture out of the air and purify it to create drinking water.

An hourglass structure with a women at the center of it sitting

Furthermore, these structures look open and airy, exposed to the heat. However, these buildings are covered with curtain glass with transparent solar panels. The design was inspired by the baobab tree, an ancient tree species that is older than humankind itself. These trees first appeared on the planet 200 million years ago. The structure looks like all wood but are in fact aluminum poles covered with wood that provide support for the design. There are channels inside the poles where air filters are located. Mesh captures moisture in the air as it passes through. The water goes into a tank at the center of the design.

An hourglass structure of wood in a forest

The rest of the resort includes a raised swimming area and an interaction deck where it’s possible to feed the animals. This is a luxury resort but it also represents an amazing possibility: an eco, self-sustaining community.

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