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CASA KIKE in Cahuita, Costa Rica by Gianni Botsford Architects

Friday, March 17th, 2017

Article sourceGianni Botsford Architects

This was a dream commission,” says UK-based architect Gianni Botsford. “Design a retreat for a writer on the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica. Make it contemporary, with clean lines and a modern aesthetic, and yet be sensitive to local tradition and material use.”

Image Courtesy © Christian Richters

  • Architects: Gianni Botsford Architects (Gianni Botsford, Sam Craig, Anahi Copponex, Ran Ankori, Maya Carni, Toby Burgess, Richard Green)
  • Project: CASA KIKE
  • Location: Cahuita, Costa
  • Photography: Christian Richters
  • Structural Engineering: Tall Engineers, London ( Toby Maclean)
  • Construction: Lechenne Construction, Hone Creek, Costa Rica
  • Cost: 78,000 Euros
  • Plot size: 4778 m2
  • Completion & handover: April 2007

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Casa Magayon in Guanacaste, Costa Rica by Sarco Architects Costa Rica

Saturday, January 28th, 2017

Article source: Sarco Architects Costa Rica

Casa Magayon by Sarco Architects Costa Rica is located in the Peninsula Papagayo Luxury Resort in the northwest pacific region of Guanacaste, Costa Rica.  The project was awarded the “Highly Commended, Architecture Single Residence Costa Rica 2013-2014” award by the International Property Awards. The home is designed to follow the natural shape of the land, which featured a linear and narrow ridge in east-west direction that turns into a sharply sloping hillside.

Image Courtesy © García Lachner Fotografía

  • Architects: Sarco Architects Costa Rica
  • Project: Casa Magayon
  • Location: Peninsula Papagayo, Guanacaste, Costa Rica
  • Photography: García Lachner Fotografía
  • Software used: Graphisoft Archicad
  • Collaborators:
    • Heriel S.A. – Structural Design
    • Circuito S.A. – Electrical Design
    • Termoaire – Plumbing & Air Conditioning
    • Bryan Carlson – Landscape Design
  • Project Area:
    • 1,290m2 overall construction area
    • 550m2 air-conditioned area
  • Completion: July 2015

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Bartlett Residence in Guanacaste, Costa Rica by Sarco Architects Costa Rica

Wednesday, November 9th, 2016

Article source: Sarco Architects Costa Rica

The Bartlett Residence was designed as a luxury vacation home in the middle of a dry tropical forest area.  The property has a long and narrow building envelope area (limited by the development), that works parallel to the slope of the land, which is a fairly constant natural slope of around 30 to 35 degrees, forming into a natural ravine in the middle of the buildable space.

“The lateral view shows the terrain slope and slanted column design theme”, Image Courtesy © Estilos y Casas Magazine

“The lateral view shows the terrain slope and slanted column design theme”, Image Courtesy © Estilos y Casas Magazine

  • Architects: Sarco Architects Costa Rica
  • Project: Bartlett Residence
  • Location: Guanacaste, Costa Rica
  • Photography: Estilos y Casas Magazine
  • Software used: Grafisoft Archicad 20
  • Client: Bartlett Family
  • Principal Designer: Roderick Anderson, Intl. Assoc. AIA
  • Design Team: Roderick Anderson, Gustavo Alvarez
  • Structural Engineering: Heriel S.A.
  • Electromechanical: Circuito S.A.
  • Construction: SARCO Design-Build
  • Site Area: 3 Acres
  • Built-Up Area: 3,300 sq.ft. Air conditioned Area, 2,700 Outdoor Covered Area, 7,300sq.ft. Total Built Area
  • Year of Completion: 2008

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Vistamar 17 in Guanacaste, Costa Rica by Sarco Architects Costa Rica

Thursday, October 27th, 2016

Article source: Sarco Architects Costa Rica

This was a very particular project due to the clients it was being built for.  The property had been purchased by two brothers and their wives, and the idea was to create a Luxury Vacation Home for both couples.

Image Courtesy © Quinn Kirkpatrick

Image Courtesy © Quinn Kirkpatrick

  • Architects: Sarco Architects Costa Rica
  • Project: Vistamar 17
  • Location: Guanacaste, Costa Rica
  • Photography: Quinn Kirkpatrick
  • Principal Designer: Roderick Anderson, Intl. Assoc. AIA
  • Design Team: Roderick Anderson
  • Construction: SARCO Design-Build
  • Site Area: 900m2
  • Year of Completion: 2011

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Seagull House in Guanacaste, Costa Rica by Indigo Arquitectura

Friday, October 7th, 2016

Article source: Indigo Arquitectura 

Casa Gaviota (Seagull House) is a project developed through a thorough site analysis and conscious awareness of the environment. Located in a mountain surrounded by topographic depressions, a mellow river and very close to the northern Pacific coast of Costa Rica, it stands lightly and volant on the terrain holding more than 80% of its areas in the air. It touches the ground only as needed, reducing the humidity and soil sealing and maximizing the natural ventilation through the project. The precise east – west orientation allows Casa Gaviota to fully open its north facade providing all the indirect lightning for the house and creating different environments that dramatically change throughout the day. A nearby river that refreshes and nourishes the flora and fauna of the place can be appreciated visually and aurally from the deck. The house stands at the height of the canopy of the trees. The opening between the two modules allows the user to continue its path through the mountain, the same path that existed before the house was built. The house does not interfere between nature and oneself.

Image Courtesy © Andrés García Lachner

Image Courtesy © Andrés García Lachner

  • Architects: Indigo Arquitectura (Leonardo Jiménez)
  • Project: Seagull House
  • Location: Estrada, Guanacaste, Costa Rica
  • Photography: Andrés García Lachner
  • Software used: Autocad 2D, Photoshop
  • Structural Design: Apestegui Blair Ingenieros Consultores
  • Electromechanical Design: Ing. Alberto Zúñiga
  • Construction: Indigo Arquitectura
  • Area: 290 m2
  • Year: 2015

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Ocean Eye-A Terrace House in Puntarenas, Costa Rica by Benjamin Garcia Saxe Architecture

Wednesday, September 7th, 2016

Article source: Benjamin Garcia Saxe Architecture

The Holdener family bought a beautiful property with two breath-taking views: towards the ocean and into the jungle. We decided to rest the house against the back of the steep hill of the site in order to stabilize the soil and protect the house from falling debris. The house then transitions from a more solid and intimate construction at the back that holds bedrooms and bathrooms, towards a light-weight and ephemeral structure that points to the visual collapse of the ocean and jungle views. The result is a series of interwoven terraces that relate to each other in all dimensions creating not only an internal dynamic interaction between levels, but also varied and sometimes unexpected relationships between the inhabitants and the natural landscape. In these interstitial terrace spaces, which are never truly inside or out, architecture comes to foster the relationship, enjoyment, and appreciation of the natural world by the inhabitants.

Image Courtesy © Andres Garcia Lachner

Image Courtesy © Andres Garcia Lachner

  • Architects: Benjamin Garcia Saxe Architecture
  • Project: Ocean Eye-A Terrace House
  • Location: Playa Santa Teresa, Puntarenas, Costa Rica
  • Photography: Andres Garcia Lachner
  • Software used: Autocad, Sketch-Up, Lumion
  • Architecture Team:
    • Design Director: Benjamin Garcia Saxe
    • Project Coordinator: Laura Morelli
    • Project Design Team: Cesar Coto, Rogelio Quesada, Alejandro Gonzalez, Maribel Mora
  • Client: Holdener Family
  • Construction Documentation: Roger Navarro
  • Structural Engineer: Sotela Alfaro Ltd
  • Electromechanical Engineer: Electrotec S.A
  • Builder: Dante Medri and Adrian Alvarado
  • Area: Aprox. 300 m2
  • Date of Completion: May 2016

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ZEN Retreat Home in Guanacaste, Costa Rica by SARCO Architects

Tuesday, August 16th, 2016

Article source: SARCO Architects

This residence, located in the Peninsula Papagayo luxury resort in Guanacaste, Costa Rica, was penned by its owner to have an “Earthy Contemporary” architectural style. The home was designed in a lot overlooking the sixteenth hole of the Four Seasons Arnold Palmer Signature Golf Course. The design was thought to maximize the view to the golf course fairway down below, and to also take advantage of multiple existing trees around the home and give the home an exotic tree house feeling. We used a combination of large glazed surfaces for transparency, exposed steel structure, with wood and natural stone accents, to achieve a modern design with a natural feeling.

Image Courtesy © SARCO Architects

Image Courtesy © SARCO Architects

  • Architects: SARCO Architects
  • Project: ZEN Retreat Home
  • Location: Guanacaste, Costa Rica
  • Software used: Graphisoft Archicad

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INOUT house in San Jose, Costa Rica by Joan Puigcorbé

Sunday, June 7th, 2015

Article source: Joan Puigcorbé

This house establishes an uninterrupted ¨inside-outside¨ relationship; a sequence of layers between the open and the intermediary. Frontal boundaries are blurred by sheets of glass and vegetation, framed by two horizontal planes, floor and ceiling, where the full and the void are related via a series of matter, water, vegetation and sky. Lateral boundaries establish the ¨full-void¨ relationship via a series of solid materials that close transversal views.

Image Courtesy © Jordi Miralles

Image Courtesy © Jordi Miralles

  • Architects: Joan Puigcorbé
  • Project: INOUT house
  • Location: San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Photography: Jordi Miralles
  • Promotor: Costa Rica Natural Design
  • Collaborator: Carolina Pizarro
  • Interior Design: MKBstudio
  • Built housing surface: 651,55 m2 / 7.010,68 sf2
  • Lot Area: 1.320,00 m2 / 14.203,20 sf2

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M30HOUSE in Cartago, Costa Rica by ARCHITECT SILVIA GONZALEZ

Friday, May 1st, 2015

Article source: ARCHITECT SILVIA GONZALEZ

M30 House is located in Cartago, Costa Rica, it was conceived in 2012 as a low cost housing solution for a young couple in order to have a profitable and accessible house with a great design.

Image Courtesy © ARCHITECT SILVIA GONZALEZ

Image Courtesy © ARCHITECT SILVIA GONZALEZ

  • Architects: ARCHITECT SILVIA GONZALEZ
  • Project: M30HOUSE
  • Location: Cartago, Costa Rica, USA
  • Software used: Autodesk, Revit.

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Andaz Hotel in Guanacaste, Costa Rica by Zürcher Architects

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

Article source: Zürcher Architects

During our walks through the site we encountered several archeological pre-Columbian pieces made out of lava, rock and clay.  We realized that the local humble flora and fauna of the region inspired our ancestors. They were not about jaguars and eagles, for the contrary, they were inspired by the little cocoons, thorns and seeds. From there, we explored similar sources of inspiration to create the arts and crafts. With that in mind, we created the architectural concept for the project.

Image Courtesy © Andrés García Lachner

Image Courtesy © Andrés García Lachner

  • Architects: Zürcher Architects
  • Project: Andaz Hotel
  • Location: Papagayo Penninsula, Guanacaste, Costa Rica
  • Photography: Andrés García Lachner
  • Architect In Charge: Hazel Chang, Ronald Zürcher
  • Project Team: Zürcher Architects, Das Design, Circuito S.A, Termoaire, Integra, Edificar, Sinergo
  • Area: 22,000 m2
  • Year: 2013

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