A while back, we brought you a quick look at an intricate bamboo treehouse at Rancho Mastatal in Costa Rica. Well, turns out...that's not the only fascinating bamboo structure around.
This solar-powered three-sided shower is made from bamboo and cob (a mixture of sand, clay, and straw), made elegant and smooth by the use of collected rocks from the nearby rivers. If you look closely, you'll see that the shower head is actually half of a coconut with holes drilled through it. And what a view. Jump below for more photos.
The shower's open fourth side looks out into the rain forest canopy. (That's a vine, not a snake, on the left. You can bet we wouldn't shower out in the open if there were snakes that size just hanging from branches...)
The water is not warm, but with scenery like that, who needs a hot shower? And, because it drains directly into the earth, biodegradable soaps are a must.
The attention to detail in sustainable building is stunning. Take a look at the adjoining sink, complete with soap dish and mirror, made with cob and river rocks.
Later this week, watch for a full house tour of the permanent residences at Rancho Mastatal: hand-crafted with sustainable building practices and boasting many beautiful artistic touches.