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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.

Anapanasati House in Tamarindo, Costa Rica by Aarcano Arquitectura

 
August 3rd, 2012 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Aarcano Arquitectura

This is a house located in the middle of the dry forest of Guanacaste, Costa Rica, a place that used to be a cattle ranch. The work began with the reforestation of the property and selecting the right location of the house: The topography, wind, views and orientation were considered very carefully in that matter.

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  • Architects: Aarcano Arquitectura
  • Project: Anapanasati House
  • Location: Tamarindo, Guanacaste, Costa Rica
  • Design Team: Esteban Castro, Carla Carranza
  • Structural Engineer: Luis Fernando Quirós, Enrique Moreno
  • Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: Ingenieria Segura S.A.
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Project Area: 350 sqm
  • Photographs: Andrés García

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Due to the absence of natural shadow and the lengthy dry season, we conceptualized the space as a folding surface that is separated from the ground, creating a more confortable living space under its protection.

The house consists in a core of double height that contains the central living area. From here, it’s possible to have views to the surroundings 360°, and also this space connects the rest of the program: three bedrooms, a entertainment room, dinning and kitchen, and two terraces.

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We have design a tropical space in its essence: necessity of shadow, natural ventilation, low-tech construction, integration with the natural context, open and outdoor spaces… just to mention some strategies. What differences this house is the spatial configuration: how to be local but not conventional!  The space flows through every part of the house, adding particular complexities in each room, and creating the sense of place.

Image Courtesy Andrés García

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