taking advantage of the biologically diverse region of the darien province in the republic of panama, canopy camp darién is a birdwatching eco-lodge located in a clearing between undeveloped swampland and humid lowland forests. the project is nestled among vast open areas that is sit within flight pathways of birds, meanwhile the area also has direct access to the filo del tallo reserve.
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the project is a collaboration between panama-based architects diego j. cambefort s. and diana v. bernal c and their approach spearheads the opportunity of eco-tourism in the region. the birdwatching building is fittingly split into two wings. one wing hosts the administrative areas including lobby and office, kitchen and dining space, while the other is dedicated for resting featuring hammocks and a large dining table. this common area is completely open, the modest structure providing comfortable areas of rest, reflection and a library for research and tour planning.
branching off this central area of the project are eight overnight suites composed of african glamping tents elevated on wooden decks that face out towards the nature reserve. the overall goal was to minimize the environmental impact of this rich and isolated landscape. this has been achieved by integrating energy-saving systems when possible, including just using natural ventilation, an ecological septic system, solar panels and the structures themselves not touching the surface of the ground.
thee building is split into two areas
the administrative wing hosts the lobby and office for tour planning
the darien province is in the eastern end of the country bordering wirh colombia and the pacific ocean
the project is sited next to the filo del tallo hidroligical reserve
to lessen the environmental impact, the structures are not embedded onto the ground
there are eight glamping suites for overnight stay
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