Like more than 500 years ago, when the first conquistadors stepped on the Latin American terrirory smitten by its beauty and riches, a modern man remains equally enchanted by this alluring land. We imagine vibrant shades of green, an almost unrealistically blue sky, stunning landscapes. Surrounded by the chaos of civilization, we still seem to have this image of Latin American continent as a ‘virginal’ territory. Although the reality is much less utopian, the area is still abundant in vegetation, the sun makes it sizzle with colour and stunning views compose an idyllic scenery.
Taboga Island (often referred to as the Island of Flowers), Panama, is as close to such paradise as you can get. American designer Diane Burn, who arrived here a few years ago to research the property market, was instantly in awe of the picturesque town of San Pedro. Inhabited by only 400 residents, with no cars in sight, it seems untouched by time and modern innovation, leaving its people to their quiet and peaceful existence. Burn was so adamant on owning a house on the island that she grabbed the first opportunity and bought what was quite literally a shack (‘la choza’ in Spanish) to work on it from her temporary design studio in the nearby Panama City. With the help of a local craftsman and builder Armando Lopez, knowing very little about restoring a property in a tropical climate, she set out on a mission to transform a run down hutch into a stylish abode. The result is this beautiful Villa La Choza.
*Source: Architectural Digest