Surrounded by lush vegetation on a forested hill in Panama, Salo House looks like the ultimate nature retreat. The house was built over a log period of time, starting from 1997 and ending in 2015. According to architect Patrick Dillon, it’s still evolving as a dwelling, growing alongside the nearby tress. Completing the project proved challenging, since the land is inaccessible by land during the rainy season. Consequently, boats and horses carried most of the materials to the top of the hill. Salvaged parts from local building projects and lightweight materials combine with recycled wood.

Open to the landscape, the weekend retreat features sliding fiberglass panels as well as corrugated metal sheets for the roofs. For the floors, the architect used a combination of salvaged or pressure-treated Douglas fir and pine. But the house doesn’t just boast sustainable and recycled materials. It also has a series of green features that help it integrate into the landscape, in more ways than one. The shape of he roof and its orientation optimize natural ventilation. Rainwater reservoirs provide plenty of water for the kitchen and bathroom, while solar panels along with batteries cover all electric requirements. Off-grid, eco-friendly and simple but comfortable and welcoming, Salo House is the epitome of slow living. Photography © Fernando Alda.

    string(5) "admin"
Tags: , , , ,

Featured Products Explore new arrivals at the Gessato Shop

More for you

  • Sonoma Farmhaus

    A retreat designed for a cycling enthusiast and nature lover. Seattle-based architecture firm SKB Architects…

  • Eulalia Gil

    The recovery and revitalization of an industrial warehouse in Madrid. Completed by experimental architecture firm…

  • Caterpillar Hill House

    A wood-clad home inspired by tree houses. Named Caterpillar Hill, this wood-clad house rises from…

  • The Filter Pavilion

    A space of quiet reflection in the middle of Times Square. Designed by CLB Architects…

  • Art House

    Three volumes arranged around a courtyard in Palo Alto, California. When the owners of a…

  • Cabin Rones

    A cabin with views of a Norwegian fjord. Located on a steep site in Rones,…

  • Brick House with Tower

    A contemporary brick house that celebrates Norwegian masonry traditions. Inspired by the masonry building traditions…

Around the world

  • Wonder Bee & Bee

    A slow tourism project in southern Italy. Wonder Grottole started out as an experiment but…

  • Hotel Grand Stark

    A building from 1908 transformed into a stylish boutique hotel. Located in the Central Eastside…

  • The Circulo Mexicano Hotel

    A 19th century residential building transformed into a hotel with Shaker-inspired furniture. Located in the…

loader