THE LUXURY BISATE LODGE DESIGNED IN AFRICAN STYLE
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Close to the Volcanoes National Park in the East African country of Rwanda, Bisate Lodge is a luxurious resort that offers the exclusive experience of the region’s gorilla conservation to be enjoyed by the visitors. Comprises six individual villas, the resort was designed by Nicholas Plewman Architects and Associates with each measure 91 square meters. Built around a central fireplace, each kindly proportioned dwelling contains a reception area, bedroom, and bathroom, with a private deck for views across the landscape towards the nearby Karisimbi, Bisoke, and Mikeno volcanoes.
The inventive architecture of Bisate Lodge pays homage to the country’s building traditions displaying thatched structures that echo the form of the hills that punctuate the landscape, as completed by Nicholas Plewman Architects and Associates and project architect Garreth Kriel. Designers Caline Williams-Wynn and Nilfah Adams from Artichoke were responsible for the interior of the villas that contains richly-detailed finishes surfaces and screens made from a variety of woven materials. Rwanda-based designer Teta Isibo was tasked with sourcing locally-produced items to bring a vibrant Rwandan flair to the resort.
According to Grant Woodrow, the COO of Wilderness Safaris the ecotourism operators who are behind the development, as quoted by Designboom website,‘with only six luxurious forest villas, the real generosity of Bisate in the Rwandan context is the amount of private and exclusive space that surrounds the lodge, sheltering it in a rare natural landscape brimming with albertine rift biodiversity and beauty.’ 15,000 trees that of ten indigenous species were planted, while three sewage treatment plants were also installed in order to avoid contamination on the site following the project’s reforestation efforts.