As far as I know, Finca Lérida displays the only warm Scandinavian architecture in Panama. The design of the original building was created by Mr. Toleff Boche Monniche, a Norwegian engineer who worked for the Panama Canal, and after suffering four malaria attacks, decided to retire and retreat to the cool mountains of Boquete full of clean and fresh air. He recovered his health and built one of the first coffee mills in the country. The original mill is still working and its current owner is using it to export high-altitude organic coffee to the United States, Canada and Europe.
The estate later evolved into a mountain hotel complex after the same warm architectural style used by Mr. Monniche to build his home. The structures have steep slanted roofs, wide boards and dark brown and white colors to absorb the heat from the sun.
Below is a picture gallery depicting several buildings of Hotel Lerida’s complex in the best tradition of Scandinavian architecture style.
If architecture is your cup of tea, I encourage you to return tomorrow for more stunning pictures of this one-of-a-kind Scandinavian spot in the mountains of Panama. Good Day.