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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.

San Silencio in Port of Caldera, Central America by Oppenheim designed using ArchiCAD and Maya

April 22nd, 2011 by Sumit Singhal

San Silencio merges silently with its wondrous setting, dramatically exploiting and enhancing the natural beauty of Central America to establish luxury hotel accommodations and private residences- that are uniquely beautiful and luxurious. Reinterpreting the status quo of the tropical hospitality experience, San Silencio sets forth a new benchmark for design, quality and sustainability in the natural environment.

San Silencio

  • Architects: Oppenheim Architecture + Design LLP
  • Project: San Silencio
  • Location: Port of Caldera, Central America
  • Scope: 155,000 SF mixed-use resort and residential. Master Planning/Architecture/Interior design. Competition entry (first place)
  • Software used: Autodesk Maya and Graphisoft Archicad

San Silencio

Earnest and timeless, the architecture of San Silencio is simultaneously powerful, yet comfortable; primitive, yet innovative; casual, yet elegant; raw, yet refined. The resulting experience is sensual and sensitive, intentionally reduced to what is essential- romantically establishing opulence through bold, elemental forms, sincere materiality/detailing, and the florid use of Costa Rica’s bountiful natural resources both physical (lava stone, teak, bamboo) and ethereal (sky, water, jungle, mist).

Site Plan

The architecture undulates harmoniously with the contours of the slopes and cliffs with nominal impact and primal elegance-synchronizing with the topography and the rhythms of the environment. Seamless and integral, the boundaries between man-made and nature, interior and exterior are deliberately blurred establishing maximum impact with minimum effort. Dramatically situated; yet, the residences, the essence of jungle eco-luxury are nestled into the landscape amidst endless pools and verdant flora– where architecture heightens rather than distorts ones awareness of the context. Beauty, power and humility are accomplished from a profound understanding of flow, light and orientation with the topography-strengthening relationships to surrounding blue (water) and green (land) scapes.

San Silencio

Simplicity and functionality are inherent to the entire design– so that nothing distracts the eye from the ocean and jungle. Villas, cottages, condominium residences, and hotel accommodations with their soaring horizontal lines and cantilevered terraces/ pools are all about space, not status-about connection, not dislocation with the awe-inspiring planet we inhabit. Green roofs, deployed on all structures, provide perfect ideal thermal insulation, rain-water retention, and habitats for flora, fauna as well as human inhabitants.

San Silencio

The design logic is generated from a reverence for the land and awesome presence of the site. Sustainability is imbued throughout the life cycle of San Silencio-where intelligent planning provides innovative opportunities for energy and resource conservation, up-cycling (as opposed to re-cycling), waste, and healthy building initiatives– where ecology and sustainability set forth even greater guilt-free luxury, not self denial. The project will synergize with the environment– harvesting the power of earth, wind, and sun in a discrete; yet highly efficient manner. Passive means of cross ventilation, large overhangs, and proper sitting allow the project to minimize energy consumption and maximize comfort healthy living.

San Silencio

Great care has been given to utilizing local materials as well as various water conservation measures for both human and site irrigation (beyond super efficient fixtures–dual flush toilets, low flow showers, etc.)-establishing a relatively closed system of harvesting rain water in subterranean cisterns and re-harvesting grey/ black water though a living machine of botanical and biological nature. Means of nourishment (food for both human and land) will be obtained locally and supplemented by on-site gardens and systems. All systems and services will be completely integral to the design (inclusive of hydrogen powered vehicle paths and storage).

San Silencio

Environmental strategy Diagram Energy

Environmental strategy Diagram Site Overall

Site Plan

Site Plan Level 1

Site Plan Level 2

Site Plan Level 3

Site Plan Level 5

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Medium Condo

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Small Condo

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Categories: ArchiCAD, Cruise Port, Maya, Residential

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