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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.

Casa Flotanta in Puntarenas, Costa Rica by Benjamin Garcia Saxe Architecture

 
February 20th, 2014 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Benjamin Garcia Saxe Architecture

The Gooden-Na home family wanted to create a home on the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica and they found an incredible site overlooking the ocean. The biggest challenge we encountered was that their plot of land was predominantly comprised of a very steep slope, and the view of the ocean could only be seen from the upper-mid portion of the site. We saw this as an opportunity rather than a constraint and immediately considered an architectural response that was appropriate for these conditions.

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  • Architects: Benjamin Garcia Saxe Architecture
  • Project: Casa Flotanta
  • Location: Puntarenas, Costa Rica
  • Date of Completion: November, 2013
  • Client: Gooden-Nahome Family
  • Area: Approx. 300 m2
  • Project Coordinator: Daniel Sancho
  • Design Development: Soki So
  • Construction Documentation: Roger Navarro
  • Structural Engineer: Sotela Alfaro Ltd
  • Builder: Dante Medri

Image Courtesy © Benjamin Garcia Saxe Architecture

Originally, we explored possibilities of creating large retaining walls and cutting back the soil in order to place the house, a technique typically employed for nearby buildings. Ultimately, we decided to do the exact opposite and therefore allow the slope, the earth, the vegetation, water, and animals to flow underneath the house.

Image Courtesy © Benjamin Garcia Saxe Architecture

We essentially lifted the house up into the air on a series of piloti which gives the impression that it is floating above the hillside. By doing this we saved the immense cost of creating soil retention walls around the site. This common sense solution allowed us to create a very delicate intervention, one that allows the terrain to breathe whilst providing spectacular views out towards the ocean from the key location on the site.

Image Courtesy © Benjamin Garcia Saxe Architecture

Image Courtesy © Benjamin Garcia Saxe Architecture

Image Courtesy © Benjamin Garcia Saxe Architecture

Image Courtesy © Benjamin Garcia Saxe Architecture

Image Courtesy © Benjamin Garcia Saxe Architecture

Image Courtesy © Benjamin Garcia Saxe Architecture

Image Courtesy © Benjamin Garcia Saxe Architecture

Image Courtesy © Benjamin Garcia Saxe Architecture

Image Courtesy © Benjamin Garcia Saxe Architecture

Image Courtesy © Benjamin Garcia Saxe Architecture

Image Courtesy © Benjamin Garcia Saxe Architecture

Image Courtesy © Benjamin Garcia Saxe Architecture

Image Courtesy © Benjamin Garcia Saxe Architecture

Image Courtesy © Benjamin Garcia Saxe Architecture

Image Courtesy © Benjamin Garcia Saxe Architecture

Image Courtesy © Benjamin Garcia Saxe Architecture

Image Courtesy © Benjamin Garcia Saxe Architecture

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