Within Botswana's lush Okavango Delta sits the standout Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge, which was designed with its breathtaking surroundings in mind. Architects Michaelis Boyd and Nick Plewman based the curvaceous structure's cocoon-like design on the pangolin, which is an endangered scaly creature that is native to the diverse African bush. The building itself not only blends in with the stunning local landscape, it also contains 12 inner suites that take on the appearance of weaverbird nests, with massive timber arches that are reminiscent of a captivating cathedral. To keep the focus on the incredible scenery and fascinating wildlife, the interior features minimalist decor that cuts back on unneeded materials.
The most important aspect of the lodge's design is that it is environmentally friendly. The outer surface is covered in natural, locally sourced shingles and woven saplings, making the structure concrete-free. Keeping the emphasis on the natural landscape, the building opens toward the nearby Sandibe River, providing for both natural lighting and ventilation. When electricity is needed, a solar panel farm generates the lodge's power, keeping their environmental footprint at a minimal level.
Guests can relax in their light, airy rooms, listen to the relaxing sounds of untouched nature, or peer out their windows at hippos bathing in the river, all while knowing that their living situation poses no threat to the natural spectacle that is just footsteps away.