Africa in colour
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.