Guacalito de la Isla

Leaving a light footprint on the land, this design and socioeconomic initiatives capitalize on the region’s resources while maintaining a synergy and sustainability that pays homage to its cultural heritage, biodiversity, and regional landscape. Extensive site analysis and collaboration with local consultants resulted in a design that takes cues from the land incorporating indigenous trees and cultural motifs while following the natural gradient of the terrain. From meandering jungle paths to residential offerings nestled seamlessly in the native vegetation, the design enhances the raw beauty of the land through every minute detail. Material choices preserve the aura of this sanctuary with locally-sourced, culturally-reflective patterns, textures, and colors. The main roadway and arrival sequence is set within the existing tree canopy and pedestrian corridors, bike trails, and equestrian trails allow nature to remain the focal point. The property features a David McLay Kidd golf course, boutique hotel, world-class marina, beach club, and equestrian community.

By allowing nature and culture to tell a story through design, EDSA created a balanced haven for wildlife and wayfarers infusing the soul of the location with environmentally and socially sustainable practices.

Project Details

Location:
Manzanillo, Nicaragua
Client:
Pellas Development Group
Scope:
Master Planning
Detailed Design Services
Scale:
680 Hectares