Kasiiya is not a hotel. Kasiiya is part of nature. Built on timber platforms from natural materials, it leaves no scar on its landscape.
From the very beginning, the conservation of the tropical forest has been paramount. Our intention throughout the project is not to have minimal impact on the environment, but zero.
Meticulously positioned amidst 123 acres of wild landscape, Kasiiya was a challenging project in many senses. The developer provided a clear brief for an eco-lodge where the design should merge, should disappear into the surrounding nature without damaging it. AW²’s concept stems from the idea that there should be no frontier between architecture and the surrounding wilderness, between the inside and the outside.
Completed in December 2018, this eco-lodge covers 2000m² and contains 14 tents, a beach bar, restaurant, spa and communal spaces. It is composed on the scale of a village, made up of clusters of tents, densifying the habitat in some areas and then letting nature take full rein in others. Constructed from mainly local natural materials, each tent offers its guests total comfort with bespoke furniture designed by AW². Assessible from a private path, each tent is carefully orientated to reconnect with nature alone.
Kasiiya is a discrete invitation to question our sedentary civilisation, a type of return to simple pleasures. This eco-concept removes the seasoned luxury traveller from their comfort zone and succinctly resumes the project’s grounding philosophy: appreciate the Earth without consuming it.
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