Let us introduce you this incredible Las Olas fairytale hostel in Bolivia, which is made from natural materials. We all need to take a look at this incredible hospitality design and the incredible vision of the sculptor Martin Strätker and his wonderful wife! Ready to meet “different” hospitality, then keep on reading!
More then 21 years ago, German sculptor Martin Strätker fell in love with a Bolivian woman and decided to settle down in the small town of Copacabana on the shores of Lake Titicaca.
Armed with a great imagination, he decided to give form to his own dream: a weird and wonderful dwelling he called Las Olas (The Waves). It has everything to make you happy: sunny terraced gardens, solar water heaters, wood burners crafted from mud, and custom-made furniture in adobe suites, the place looks like it belongs in a fairy tale.
Crafted by local builders Marcelino Arias and Mario Mendoza, Martin’s designs represent his passion for organic architecture with no straight lines. The hotel reflects the bond between a German sculptor and a small team of local builders, who learned from their differences and helped realize each other’s dreams.
With shelters shaped like tortoises, teepees, and snails, among other natural forms, Las Olas is easily spotted down from the bay.
All rooms and shelters are connected by terraced gardens with flourishing native species watered by the hotel’s filtered greywater. Featuring hammocks, deck chairs, stone tables, and fire pits, the hotel was designed as the ultimate place to relax and unwind.
Las Olas was mainly built from adobe, but also stones, mud and wood, which were taken from the same plot on which it stands. All suites are constructed of local, low-cost, natural materials and some are inspired by round building popular among the ancient Chiripa people.
Inside, the suites are flooded with natural light and everything was custom-made (including the round beds) to adapt to the organic shapes. The same materials found outside are used in unexpected ways inside as well.
As it’s built on a slope, each room has access to both privacy and marvelous views.
Staying at Las Olas is an unforgettable experience.
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