Nomadic Resorts is at it again, designing a bamboo treehouse resort called Playa Viva in Mexico for an off-grid eco-vacation adventure. Inspired by the Mobula Rays that migrate off the shore of the resort, the project employed local construction workers and used sustainable bamboo and site-sourced materials.

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A bamboo structure on the beach.

The result is these gorgeous bamboo buildings with open windows. They were designed in partnership with David Leventhal, pioneer of the regenerative travel movement. Leventhal reached out to Nomadic Resorts, an eco-resort design studio, to develop six extra “rooms” for his eco-lodge Playa Viva.

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A person walking on a sandy path by a bamboo structure.

The buildings are naturally ventilated and surrounded by nature.
“The design of the bamboo treehouses offered us a unique opportunity to develop a cutting-edge bamboo structure in an incredible location without compromising our environmental ethos. It was an enriching experience to work with a client like David, as he is completely in tune with our design
philosophy,” said Olav Bruin, Atelier Nomadic’s creative director.

The inside of an off-grid, sustainable bamboo eco-resort in Mexico.

Each pod looks out over gorgeous views of the beach and includes unique lattice structure walls and angled roofs. Coconut palms were also transplanted to be used to support the buildings. Hyperbolic paraboloid roofs were fixed to the trunks before the prefab panels were put into place to support them.

Two white beds with flowy curtains.

The beach huts look unique from every angle. Even better, they are well suited to the warm environment and still offer privacy for guests. The design was intended to serve the post-COVID traveler’s preference to stay in exciting but healthy accommodations, immersed in the natural environment.

A person standing by a rounded opening in the wall, overlooking the beach.

Inside, the huts fit a dining area, bed and a couple of chairs, with a retractable curtain across the doorway for added privacy at night. “This is beyond wellness, it’s catharsis,” said Nomadic Resorts CEO Louis Thompson.

A bamboo structure on the beach at dusk.

Nomadic Resorts specializes in creating eco-friendly stays, from tented pods to treehouses. Working out of offices in the Netherlands and Mauritius, the Nomadic Resorts design team focuses on sustainable projects.

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