This concrete villa in the Costa Rican jungle is a tropical take on Brutalism

Part of a trio of jungle resorts

Art Villa’s harsh concrete lines are softened by the waving palm leaves and tropical vegetation of Costa Rica’s Playa Hermosa.

The holiday home is part of a trio of jungle resorts located in the area, offering rainforest surroundings as well as views of the nearby ocean and the local whale population.

The five-bedroom villa was designed by FormaFatal and Refuel Works and references the work of Brazilian architect Paulo Mendes da Rocha – who was known for his Brutalist designs.

Spread across two levels, the property includes a raised swimming pool that extends out and across the jungle greenery, as well as huge windows and outdoor terraces that make the most of the villa’s elevated position. Concrete walls have been left purposefully rough and unpolished, contrasted by wooden furniture and brightly patterned tiles.

Photography: BoysPlayNice

The villa, which is available from $2,550 for five nights, is in a prime spot for wildlife spotting – the nearby jungle is home to spider monkeys and scarlet macaws – as well as surfing.

Photography: BoysPlayNice
Photography: BoysPlayNice
Photography: BoysPlayNice


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