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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Canopy Camp Darien in Panama by DianaBernaal arquitecto

June 1st, 2017 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: DianaBernaal arquitecto

The project is located in the darien province in the republic of panama. The darien province is in the eastern end of the country bordering wirh colombia and the pacific ocean. More than 1/4 of the province is protected forest reserves. This area is locarted in the heart of central america’s most bio-diverse region.

The “darien gap” is located here, an extense and large region of undeveloped swampland and humid lowland forests, with no roads (the missing link of the pn-american highway). In this reagion is easy to spot harpy eagles (panama’s national bird, and crested eagle as well as a diverse amount of birds).

Image Courtesy © Fernando Alda

  • Architects: DianaBernaal arquitecto (Arq. Diego j. Cambefort s. and Arq. Diana v. Bernal c.)
  • Project: Canopy Camp Darien
  • Location: Sanson, Meteti, Darien Province, Republic of Panama
  • Photography: Fernando Alda
  • Client: Canopy Family
  • Project team:
    • Structural ingeneer: Ing Frank lee
    • Electrical ingenerr: Ing Jaime delgado
    • Machanical ingenerr: Ing Gilberto ayala
    • Septic system consultant: Durman (ing. Carlos salazar)

Image Courtesy © Fernando Alda

  • Aproximate construction cost: $400,000ºº
  • Construction Area:

    • Open Area745M2
    • Closed Area: 280M2
  • Project Year: 2013-2014 Constructued

Image Courtesy © Fernando Alda

Image Courtesy © Fernando Alda

Do to these carasteristics it makes this area very special for birdwathcing practice, bieng this the reason of the interest by our client in locating this project here.

Project the cliente not only was looking to creat and offer the birdwatching practice in this the porject is located right next to “filo del tallo hidroligical reserve”. By realizing this formidable and rich in wilderness area but also to create awareness and an example of ecoturistism infrastructure and practices that should be developed in this types of environmene.

Image Courtesy © Fernando Alda

Image Courtesy © Fernando Alda

Our main goal was to mnimize the impact on the environment by using solar power througout the instalations, minizing the constructed area and their impact in the site and sorrounding areas, using diferent ecological metologies as crosventilation for natural ventlacion os the diferentes buildings, suspended structures to minimize their impact from the ground, opened areas with natural ventilation and lighting, ecological septic system, amoung others.

Image Courtesy © Fernando Alda

Image Courtesy © Fernando Alda

The compund has a service facility structure for workers and guides lodges, laundry station, deposits, amoung other requirements.

The guest area has 8 suites, made of african glamping tents over suspended wooden decks facing the “filo del tallo hidrological reserve” each with it’s own complete bathroom and opened air shower.

Image Courtesy © Fernando Alda

Image Courtesy © Fernando Alda

The common area and entrance of the project is a two wing builfind that welcomes you to the project opnening the view of the entire compound. In one wing the administrative areas are located (lobby and office, kitchen and dinnig space) and in the other wing the resting area welcomes clients to resting and living spaces and a library for reasearch and tour planning.

The project has vast opened areas with birdwatching pathways in the projects gardens and also you can visit inside the filo del tallo reserve.

Image Courtesy © Fernando Alda


Born February 28th 1981, Panama city, Panama.

Concluded his studies in architecture in the university of Panama in 2005.

Works in cambefort y boza architectural studio since 2003 where he began as a junior architect asisttant and currently works as senior architect designer adn junior partner.

Image Courtesy © Fernando Alda

Has been recognized in several national architecture awards in panama given by the panamanian architects society.  In 2009 was recognized as the designer architect with the “sublime work of the year” award for the project casa verde.

In 2006 in colaboration with architect pablo cambefort, their proposal won the national contest “design the new summit park entrance”, driven by the municipality of panama city.

Image Courtesy © DianaBernaal arquitecto


Born November 17th 1981, Panama city, Panama.

Concluded his studies in architecture in the university of Panama in 2009.

Has worked in several recognized architectural firms in panama, working as a designer, construction documentation, field inspections and project administrator.

As an architect she has developes and design all type of projects as an indepent architect as well as in collaboration with several colleagues in the field.

Image Courtesy © DianaBernaal arquitecto

Image Courtesy © DianaBernaal arquitecto

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