andBeyond’s Sossusvlei Desert Lodge will open in October after a 10-month complete rebuild in Namibia’s NamibRand Nature Reserve.
South African-based Fox Browne Creative designed the lodge to maximize views of the landscape and skyscape through floor-to-ceiling glass walls and above-bed retractable skylights. Each self-sustaining suite acts as its own solar power plant, producing enough energy to power electricity, air conditioning, and water treatment and recycling systems.
The ten 1,400-sq.-ft. guest suites will have desert views; in-room fireplaces and artist easels; large private verandas with outdoor showers and fire pits; and plunge pools. The new buildings comprise a series of glass, rock and steel pavilions with a color palette inspired by the shades of the mountainside: slate gray, stone and sun-bleached timber, with accents of tanned leather.
The interiors’ desert-inspired minimalism uses local minerals such as semi-precious agate and quartz, and accents harken back to the reserve’s past as a working farm. Fox Browne worked with local Namibian artisans to create custom basket-ware, wool wall hangings and rugs by Karukulia weavers (a local textile company using Namibia wool), and ostrich leather products.