Tucked into a protected forest within Colombia’s Central Andes, Cannúa is the country’s first upscale sustainable resort. Inspired by permaculture principles, the remote hillside retreat is built with sustainability-sourced bamboo and compressed earth blocks that were produced on site from the property’s own soil. The design also included a rainwater collection system that will allow the hotel to reach its ultimate goal of becoming a zero-waste property.
Located in the mountainous region of Antioquia, Cannúa will offer 18 luxury guests rooms surrounded by 27 expansive acres of natural rolling landscape and forest. The sustainable hotel is the first of its kind in this region, standing out for its high-end “holistic approach to sustainability”. The hotel’s ethos is to serve as a serene, nature-based retreat where people can disconnect while enjoying a traditional Colombian “finca” lifestyle.
The hotel’s sustainable design was inspired by the incredible landscape that surrounds the property. As such, the materials were chosen based on their sustainable and low-impact properties. The main building material were compressed earth blocks made onsite from the property’s own soil. The structure’s frame and roofing, as well as several interior features, were constructed out of sustainable-sourced bamboo. An on-site water treatment system will conserve and reuse rainwater, which is quite frequent in the region.
Still a work in progress, Cannúa is slated to open in spring of 2019. Currently, the retreat is working on a landscape scheme to plant two acres of organic gardens that will be used to supply the hotel’s restaurant. The garden, along with the property’s abundant energy-efficient and sustainable features, will hopefully allow the hotel to reach its goal of becoming a zero waste property.
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