Photography by Anita Calero, Fernando Alda, and Emily Kinskey

Located on the coast of Panama, this tropical getaway merges stunning interior and exterior design with functionality and seclusion. The goal of the property design was to create a modern tree house in the jungle for Aerin Lauder and her family. Using sustainable materials, energy efficient products, and locally sourced furnishings, this beautiful jungle escape is nothing short of a masterpiece. 

LOCATION
Pedasí, Los Santos, Panama

ARCHITECT
IM/KM Architecture & Planning and VTN Architects 

BUILDING TYPE
Residential

PRODUCTS USED
LaCantina Folding Doors, LaCantina Sliding Doors, LaCantina Swing Doors

AWARDS
Best of LaCantina 2022 Best in Show / Overall Winner


Photography by Anita Calero, Fernando Alda, and Emily Kinskey

The design and inspiration of Casa Loro is derived completely from the surrounding nature. Built on 1,200-acre reserve, this large project took a while to get off the ground. Trees needed to be planted and the landscape was scarce. Over time, a team of botanists revived the lush landscape that exists around the house today – boasting 75 species of trees and a healthy biodiversity of animals, including parrots.


Photography by Anita Calero, Fernando Alda, and Emily Kinskey

Merging isolation and the desire to spend most of every day outside, indoor outdoor elements were critical for the Casa Loro design. Using few walls and energy efficient LaCantina sliding doors allow the Lauder family to spend time comfortably in various areas throughout the home without feeling removed from the surrounding nature. Each space between indoor and outdoor spaces is thoughtfully designed to inspire guests and family to slow down. 


Photography by Anita Calero, Fernando Alda, and Emily Kinskey

Making a positive social and environmental impact were both important aspects of this project for the Lauder couple. Sustainable development was crucial especially considering how remote the home really is. By using the surrounding forest to harvest wood for furnishings and turning to local individuals to handcraft different items for the home created a unique cycle, the Lauder family helped those with special talents hone their craft with the hopes of commercializing and exporting certain designs to support the artisan’s long term.


Photography by Anita Calero, Fernando Alda, and Emily Kinskey

To keep the beautiful nature outside close when indoors, different patio doors and patio door systems were used throughout the home. Utilizing patio doors in various rooms allows for sweeping breezes of fresh air to circulate, creating a comfortable environment on beautiful days. Different operating types were used depending on the room and ideal functionality. To create a cohesive aesthetic, the interior of some patio doors was wood textured and finished in a similar stain to ensure the doors fade out of view, allowing the forest and lush greenery to become the focal point.