Art Villa
Product Spec Sheet

ElementBrandProduct Name
Butterfly/BKF chairManufakturplus
ChairOK Design Aps
Nesting coffee table set, Round tray coffee table setNotre Monde
Nesting coffee table set, Notre Monde Round Tray Table
Paulistano Leather, FDC1 chair
PendantBaxter Srl
Bell Pendant

Product Spec Sheet
Butterfly/BKF chair
Nesting coffee table set, Round tray coffee table set
Nesting coffee table set, Notre Monde Round Tray Table by Notre Monde
Paulistano Leather, FDC1 chair by Objekto
Bell Pendant by Baxter Srl

Art Villa

Formafatal as Architects

Art Villas Resort in Costa Rican jungle with views of the Pacific Ocean consists of three unique villas and one multifunctional tropical pavilion.


3 villas = 3 architects = 3 different attitudes

The architects from Refuel works designed the architectural concept of the concrete Art Villa. The architects from the Archwerk studio are behind the architectural concept of Coco Villa and Wing.


The main architect of the whole resort and the author of Atelier Villa is the Formafatal studio headed by Dagmar Štěpánová. In addition to interior design, they imprinted the final form of each villa and united the entire Art Villas resort into a unique, integrated complex.


Architect’s note
Art Villas Costa Rica
Not far from Costa Rican town Uvita there is a hidden small resort Art Villas on the jungle hill above the beach Playa Hermosa. 3 unique villas and one multifunctional pavilion are scattered over a plot of 2 ha. When the investor approached the architects, he wished to create a place where the visitors merge with the surrounding nature, clearing their mind, experiencing luxury and adventure at the same time. He wanted to create a place that digs deep into everyone’s heart when they taste it. The architects from the Formafatal studio followed the client’s assignment and were also inspired by the atmosphere and colorfulness of Central and South America.


Out of all the villas in the Art Villas complex, this majestic concrete villa was the first to be designed, as well as finished. The bright minds behind the architectural concept of the building belong to the Refuel Works studio.


The investor approached the Formafatal studio concerning interior design solutions while the planning and preparations were still in progress.


The two-storey villa holds a prominent spot on the premises of 25 000m2, with a floor area of 570 m2. Apart from the generous common area (foyer, main living room, kitchen with a dining room, and the roofed terrace by the pool), the villa is equipped with a total of 5 bedrooms with private bathrooms. In the basement, there is a playroom for the children, a gym, a dance hall, a walk-in closet, a laundry room and utility rooms.


When designing the interiors, we found inspiration not only in the surrounding wild jungle, but also in the work of the Brazilian architect Paulo Mendez da Rocha.


The concrete walls are deliberately left raw, complementing the interior components, selected materials, water, and greenery – all together creating an unusual environment, both rough and luxurious.


The bedrooms and bathrooms feature cement ornamental tiled floors, custom-made over the border in Nicaragua. The ever-changing patterns and colours are a reflection of the elusive and unique nature of every moment in time. Every step leads to a change.


The hand-painted watercolour jungle motif on the kitchen backsplash is another interior highlight. Serving as a mirror reflecting life behind the wall, the wall becomes a window allowing us to see the nature outside.


Art Villa, as well as Atelier Villa, is for the most part furnished with furniture designed and custom-made by local craftsmen or manufactured in the Czech Republic and then brought to the site.


The custom pieces go well together with several armchairs of a shared origin – they were all designed by South American designers and architects.


Teak wood, metal, and linen – these materials dominate in the villa interiors, and together with custom made furniture pieces in secondary pastel and bright colours, truly bring the raw concrete monolithic interior to life with a touch of softness.


Owner’s note
The Villas
In the lush jungle of Costa Rica is a space that transcends ordinary. Where day and night merge in a heavenly expanse of verdant flora, pristine beaches, and exquisite style. Here you’ll discover three distinct villas each with their own bold and unique architecture and style.


Art Villas is inspired by the laws of the jungle. Our villas strike a rare balance between encounter with nature and protected luxury accommodation. Here creativity springs to life as you mingle with the jungle’s breath, relax in comfortable, charming spaces, and surrender to your purest self.


Behold the vast, monolithic structure. Cool, concrete walls stand naked and confident inside the heart of the jungle. Expansive glass walls, jungle wood, and brave dimensions ignite, absorb, and reflect the raw elements of nature. Hand-painted walls capture the dynamic nature of water and mirror the surrounding tropical forest.


Glide across floors artfully designed with handmade Nicaraguan tiles. Softness, truth, and intention unite beneath your feet, evoking a sensation of antiquated times. Ornamental designs reminiscent of the past unite with the simplicity of modern design.


CoCo houses are inspired by seed cones, where nature contains its precious promise to the future.


We are working closely with an international community of like-minded artists and high-profile businesses to organize, host, and curate retreats. These events will provide small groups of people and couples with an unforgettable mind, body, and soul experience.


Our journeys to various retreats all over the world have inspired us to create unique experiences where our guests can expand, evolve, and, reconnect with their pure self. We invite inspirational teachers to our ambient space to lead us to transcendence through various media: yoga, pole dance, art, lecture, and more. Creators of all types will gather here with us to explore and expand the limits of their conscious experience (see our Retreat To Transcendence page to learn about an extra special local event). We also host weddings and offer off-site retreats.


Materials Used :
1. Teak | Custom Made Furniture Designed By Formafatal
2. Brasilian  Nut-Tree/IPE | Custom Made Furniture Designed By Formafatal, Terraces
3. Steel | Custom Made Furniture Designed By Formafatal
4. Concrete | Walls, Floors, Ceiling
5. Cement Screed | Walls, Custom Made Furniture Designed By Formafatal
6. Cement Tiles - Granada Tiles Nicaragua
7. Ceramic Tiles| Kitchen Wall With Watercolor Painting Designed By Formafatal
8. Linnen | Curtains, Upholstered Furniture Designed By Formafatal

Products and brands
1. FDC1 chair | Objekto
2. Paulistano chair | Objekto
3. Butterfly/BKF chair | Manufaktur+
4. Acapulco chair | OK design
5. Duna lounge chair | MulaPreta
6. Nesting coffee table set, Round tray coffee table set | Notre Monde
7. Urbano and Hexagonal chairs | SDLZ

1. Shibari | Bomma
2. Bell | Baxter
3. Line Voltage Track | Wac Lighting

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