MOUNTAIN LODGE

Location: Simien Mountains National Park, Ethiopia

Client: Limalimo Enterprises

Procurement type: Self-Build

Woodwork: PATEK crafts

Situated at approximately 2,900 m altitude, this socially sustainable lodge is composed of scattered buildings on a forested mountain peak. Communal facilities are located at the top of the mountain, whilst 12 guest rooms are located to fit within the gaps between mature acacias and endemic rose bushes.

Large areas of glazing provide expansive views to the surrounding park and landscape whilst rammed earth walls absorb solar radiation during the day and release it at night.

A simple pallet of plain grey cement and earth complement light, sustainably sourced pinewood and hand woven cotton soft furnishings.

The projects’ socially responsible remit meant that the majority of construction work was carried out by local villagers, all of whom were trained on the job.

Communal facilities are located at the peak of the mountain close to a dramatic thousand metre fall in elevation, whilst 12 guest rooms are located in 8 standalone pavilions that fit within the gaps between mature acacias and endemic rose bushes.