African Design Magazine February 2016 - Page 16

African project Belmond Eagle Island Lodge P erched on a private island surrounded by some of the deepest stretches of the delta, Belmond Eagle Island Lodge encompasses 12 luxury tented guestrooms, each with a large terrace and plunge pool; a dining pavilion; a lounge pavilion across two levels; an arrivals boma; a retail area; the Fish Eagle Bar; a library and internet lounge; and a camp fire area. All the structures are new, their form inspired by the astonishing and massive ant nests which rise from the local landscape, as well as the gentle motion of the nearby water channels. In complete harmony with nature Just as the Okavango Delta is an astonishing and still virtually untouched natural wonder of the world, shaped by the waters which flow through it and characterised by the subtle, shifting colours of nature, the redesigned Belmond Eagle Island Lodge is a retreat for the discerning adventurer. Each area within the camp is a space to explore where the natural world is interpreted into features, materials and patinas that convey its essence, that conjure up the spirit of adventure past and present and which enrich the guest experience with new memories to take home. Just like the numerous water channels that weave their way through the grasslands, the design flows through the camp, here and there more specifically picking up on the idea of gently rippling water. The colour palette also flows indoors and out, inspired by the green washing into soft yellows of the surrounding grasslands as well as the layers of grey toned land. This forms the backdrop to pops of vibrant colour which take their cue, for example, from the vivid mustard hue of the indigenous eagle’s face as well as the brilliant red and blue of other local birds. And, just like the rhythm of the world outside, lighting in the Belmond Eagle Island Lodge has a key role to play indoors and out. Lamps have been specially designed to cast mysterious shadows and play with the illusion of insects in flight or to create moody pools of illumination. The ambience is of discreet sophistication, the furniture and fittings convey a rugged elegance and many of elements are artisanal, specially commissioned and hand-made in Africa. Sealed by the view The public spaces are organic in shape, curving around the ancient trees on the site and located to capture a myriad of views from various vantage points. An arrivals boma has been introduced where guests are welcomed after their short drive from the landing strip. Posit