Afri­ca in co­lour

ELLE Decor (Italy) - - English Text - by Ker­ryn Fi­scher — pho­tos by El­sa Young/ Frank Fea­tu­res in col­la­bo­ra­tion wi­th Fran­ce­sca Be­ne­det­to sin­gi­ta. com

In the heart of the jun­gle, a gra­ce­ful ar­chi­tec­tu­ral struc­tu­re ex­tends along the ri­ver Swe­ni. A lod­ge wi­th in­te­riors in­spi­red by na­tu­re in a ga­me of crea­ti­ve ca­mou­fla­ge The Kru­ger na­tio­nal park, in Sou­th Afri­ca, of­fers an ex­pe­rien­ce of to­tal im­mer­sion in na­tu­re. Co­lo­nies of ele­phan­ts and hip­pos, ra­re exam­ples of rhi­nos, and fa­mi­lies of the big ca­ts draw tou­rists and sa­fa­ri en­thu­siasts. In­si­de the park, over­loo­king the ri­ver Swe­ni, stands a small, ex­clu­si­ve lod­ge that has ju­st been ope­ned: the Sin­gi­ta Swe­ni Lod­ge. The pro­ject is by Cé­ci­le & Boyd De­si­gn Stu­dio, a mul­ti- award- win­ning com­pa­ny ba­sed in Ca­pe To­wn. “Our main ob­jec­ti­ve wi­th this pro­ject was to of­fer an al­ter­na­ti­ve ex­pe­rien­ce to the mo­re tra­di­tio­nal ele­gan­ce of the clas­sic Afri­can re­sort,” ex­plains the ar­chi­tect, Geor­di De Sou­sa Co­sta. “The ar­chi­tec­tu­re is im­mer­sed in the jun­gle, tuc­ked in­to the bank of the ri­ver. So we de­ci­ded to open out the in­te­riors as mu­ch as pos­si­ble to­wards the land­sca­pe,” he adds. The main area of the lod­ge has been com­ple­te­ly ope­ned up, wi­th the ad­di­tion of a new bar zo­ne and a loun­ge wi­th lar­ge floor-to- cei­ling win­do­ws. The li­ving areas, di­ning zo­ne and sui­tes al­ter­na­te wi­th ea­ch other in a rhy­th­mic se­quen­ce of co­lour and geo­me­tric pat­terns. The co­lours ran­ge from light bro­wn to in­ten­se pink, from the warm sha­des of ter­ra­cot­ta to eme­rald green and iri­de­scent pea­cock blue. In ad­di­tion to the gour­met re­stau­rant and spa, ea­ch sui­te has an out­door bed. Slee­ping un­der the stars of the Afri­can sky in the wil­de­st of lo­ca­tions is de­fi­ni­te­ly the mo­st ex­clu­si­ve lu­xu­ry.

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