andbeyond: ngorongoro crater lodge, tanzania
perched at the crater of the world heritage protected ngorongoro crater in the unspoiled greenery of tanzania, the cluster of lodges puts vernacular tectonics in dialogue with the exuberant and opulent. the result is a luxurious palette of typically african mud plaster walls, elegantly layered banana leaf ceilings and cooling makhuti palm roofs. roof forms are informed by conical masaai volumes; stilted construction and soaring rustic turrets are typical of west african mali design.

andbeyond: ngorongoro crater lodge, tanzania
the lodge in the cavernous context
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interior furnishings are a richly hued collection of trinkets that express the whimsy of a bygone era. the synthesis of the two design languages is the work of architect sylvio rech and designer chris browne, although the built form primarily serves the greater aim of framing lines of sight and panoramic perspectives of the vast ngorongoro crater, the world’s largest inactive, intact, and unfilled volcanic caldera. rooms are positioned to show the full splendor of the landscape-wide cavity and ample floor-to-ceiling glazing allows uninterrupted views of the impressive architecture of the earth.

andbeyond: ngorongoro crater lodge, tanzania
exteriors employ masaai building techniques and a distinctly west african material palette
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andbeyond: ngorongoro crater lodge, tanzania
palm frond roofs and mud walls are artfully enclose spaces
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andbeyond: ngorongoro crater lodge, tanzania
stilted construction and soaring turrets characterize the built form
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andbeyond: ngorongoro crater lodge, tanzania
generous glazing punctures the rustic walls
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andbeyond: ngorongoro crater lodge, tanzania
the wisdom of regional construction techniques meets the whimsy of a bygone european era
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andbeyond: ngorongoro crater lodge, tanzania
interiors hybridize the luxurious language of persian rugs and european trimmings with an acclaim for local materials
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andbeyond: ngorongoro crater lodge, tanzania
dining room view with its network of arches
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andbeyond: ngorongoro crater lodge, tanzania
the crater is an impressive piece of architecture formed by the forces of the earth
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andbeyond: ngorongoro crater lodge, tanzania
rich, dark woods, textured walls and a a plethora of opulent fixtures complete the multiple dialogues of the interior space 
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andbeyond: ngorongoro crater lodge, tanzania
banana leaf ceilings create a textured surface that interplays with light
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andbeyond: ngorongoro crater lodge, tanzania
bedroom view
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andbeyond: ngorongoro crater lodge, tanzania
expanses of glazing invite the crater into the active spaces of the lodge
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andbeyond: ngorongoro crater lodge, tanzania
the architecture capitalizes on the climate and picturesque landscape of the site
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andbeyond: ngorongoro crater lodge, tanzania
the cluster of buildings emits a warm glow at night
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