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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


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

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

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.

Image Courtesy © Benjamin Garcia Saxe Architecture

  • 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
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