The Arenal Area Magazine

Proposed Manuel Antonio hotel will have a park for a roof


By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A new luxury beachfront hotel proposed for Manuel Antonio will have a 40,000 square foot roof covered with grass and other native vegetation to serve as a habitat for wildlife, said developers.

The green roof above the multi-story hotel appears to be like a park with an ocean view.Arqueco Ltda. rendering

The project is the Palazzo Park Hotel & Residences, which is being designed by Arqueco Ltda., architects, developers said a release:

“A key component of Palazzo Park is Costa Rica’s first large-scale green roof proposed by project developer KC
Development Group. Eco or green roofs use vegetation to absorb rainwater, treat grey water, provide insulation to cool the structure, reduce energy consumption, and create habitat for wildlife. An open-air common area with vistas of the rainforest and the sea, Palazzo Park’s green roof will provide over 40,000 square feet of native vegetation designed as habitat for indigenous species.”

The developers also said they were restoring some 500 acres at Playa El Rey adjacent to Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio. The goal is to provide more habitat for the endangered mono titi in the park. These are the white faced squirrel monkeys that are landlocked in the park.

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