Studio Saxe was commissioned to design a family home perched on the hilltops of the town of Nosara Costa Rica, that would blend and hide within its natural surroundings whilst opening to the dramatic ocean and mountain views.
▼建筑远眺，住宅融入自然环境，view in distance, the house blending within its natural surroundings ©Andres Garcia Lachner
概念 | Concept
Two extended horizontal roof planes provide protection from the natural elements and create large terraces that bring the outside in. A tall vertical volume of circulation interrupts the rooflines and joins all parts of the dwelling. Dark and matte materials were taken as inspiration from the surrounding natural landscape to create a harmonious dialogue between the dwelling and the lush mountain it now belongs to.
▼建筑主立面，水平屋顶与垂直交通核的组合，main facade, horizontal roof planes interrupted by vertical volume of circulation ©Andres Garcia Lachner
▼建筑南侧，配有小水池，south side of the building, a small pool ©Andres Garcia Lachner
设计 | Design
Due to the constrained nature of the size of the site, Studio Saxe decided to create a house composed of two floors that in turn are staggered to break the mass of the dwelling. Living public spaces below are linked to private bedrooms above by a dramatic vertical core that provides the entrance of the home and a moment of intense connection to the framed views of the ocean. Softer interior spaces are juxtaposed to harsher textured exterior cladding of charred teak wood and black framed windows.
▼建筑入口位于垂直交通核下方，the vertical core providing the entrance ©Andres Garcia Lachner
▼通过入口，进入通高的交通核空间，through the entrance into the vertical core ©Andres Garcia Lachner
▼楼梯通向二层的起居空间，stairs leading to the living space on the second floor ©Andres Garcia Lachner
▼开敞式厨房与餐厅，open kitchen and dining space ©Andres Garcia Lachner
▼餐厅一览无余的视野，the unobstructed view of the dining space ©Andres Garcia Lachner
建造 | Construction
The construction method of this dwelling came directly from understanding the capability of the soil to hold weight and the seismic conditions that exist in Costa Rica. Together with engineers Studio Saxe decided to create a lightweight steel structure that would pre-cut off site and assembled quickly and efficiently on the site. Teak wood is a prevalent material in the area which is sustainably resourced, and thus the studio and the client wanted to explore the possibility of giving longevity to this natural material by exploring the ancient technique of charring it and finishing with special natural oils. This blend of ancient and new technologies creates an architecture that is both tropical and timeless.
▼宽敞的主卧，采用可持续木材材质，spacious bedroom with sustainably resourced teak wood ©Andres Garcia Lachner
▼主卧外的露台，terrace outside the bedroom ©Andres Garcia Lachner
▼与次卧相对的露台，terrace opposite to the private bedrooms ©Andres Garcia Lachner
▼连接主卧和次卧的走廊，corridor connecting the master bedroom and the second bedroom ©Andres Garcia Lachner
可持续性 | Sustainability
Studio Saxe begins every design process with a careful analysis of the phenomenological site conditions and then explores ways of integrating client dreams and comforts within the natural habitat. Bioclimatic Design creates the ideal technical design process to scientifically understand wind patterns, sun exposure, temperature, and many other aspects to then shape the design intelligently to adapt to these conditions without the use of active energy measures. The Tres Amores House uses the power of the sun to heat water, minimize energy consumption, as well as recycles water through filters, and utilizes state of the art treatment plant systems. This design is a clear reflection of an approach to design that combines high tech preemptive design with low tech construction methods.
▼分析图，考虑自然元素，打通视野，节能减排，diagrams, design adapted to natural conditions, open the view © Studio Saxe
▼细节，卧室的木框架与水泥水池，details, wood frame and cement basin of bedroom © Andres Garcia Lachner
▼傍晚，精致灯光装点露台空间，in the evening, exquisite lighting decorating the terraces ©Andres Garcia Lachner
▼一层平面图，first plan © Studio Saxe
▼二层平面图，second plan © Studio Saxe
▼立面图，elevation © Studio Saxe
Location: Nosara, Guanacaste, Costa Rica
Date of Completion: January 2020
Client: The Srebnick Family
Area: Approx. 515 m2
Design Director: Benjamin G. Saxe
Structural Engineer: Sotela Alfaro Ltda.
Electromechanical Engineer: CIEM Elecromecanica
Photographer: Andres Garcia Lachner