WE ARE FOCUSED ON CREATING INCLUSIVE AND WARM SPACES THAT ENCOURAGE SOCIAL INTERACTIONS, COLLABORATION, PLAYFULNESS, HEALING, CREATIVITY AND COLLECTIVE EVOLUTION.
WE ARE NOW DEVELOPING THE FIRST TWO ‘PRISTINE’ COMMUNITIES IN COSTA RICA.
Humans are social beings, but our modern society, based on competition rather than collaboration, has convinced us that we should search for more and more privacy, and live separated from each other. After thousands of years living in communities, where humans were sharing everything and collaborating for the common good of the tribe, in the last century we went further from each other forgetting our origins. We have arrived today to the alienation of the ’studio apartment’ and the ‘suburban cookie-house’, where people don’t even know their neighbors and live by themselves, or just with a small family. These are just some of the most evident example of how society is bringing us away from our own nature of social beings.
Another crucial aspect of our design process is the consideration of the environment where we are building. We first analyze the environment, with the understanding that with our design we will change this environment. We want to make sure to create spaces that will improve the quality of
One of the main goals of the Pristine Movement is to focus on re-designing, re-pristinating, communities where people can get reconnected with their own nature, through learning again how to live in harmony with themselves, with other people and with the ecosystem of our planet.
We are currently designing the first two pristine communities in Costa Rica, one in Playa Pelada (Nosara) and the other one in the hills of Uvita. The main difference between the two projects is the level of openness to the public.
The one located in Playa Pelada is a community center with the goal of creating a bridge between locals, expats, and tourist. Doors will be open to anybody, every day, without needing to consume anything. People can just come and enjoy the space to connect.
The one in Uvita, called Shambala, will be private for people coming for more intimate retreats.
While the projects have some differences, they have much more in common.
They are both spaces designed to encourage social interactions and places where people will come to connect, share, heal, learn and grow. Both centers will be hosting retreats focused on yoga, meditation, healthy living, permaculture, and self-development. There will also be spaces dedicated to art, conferences, coaching, fitness, healing, massage, and screenings, among others. There will be an organic, healthy kitchen and juice bar to prepare highly nutrition food to the guests. There will be both affordable sleeping solutions, in the style of a boutique dormitory, and private solutions, with all the comforts of curated spaces. They are centers for regeneration of the self, so people will be getting a package of the different services that we are offering, and not only for sleeping. Both sites are nearby towns, but deeply into nature. We will preserve the totality of the trees and honor all the sustainable design aspect of respecting our planet as much as we can.