About the project
Due to the high density of the residential, and the topography, the ocean view obstructed at road level, so one of the first design decisions was to elevate the main spaces along with the pool to a second level. This determined the spatial and functional scheme of the project. The swimming pool and reflecting pool play a vital role in the design and is situated in a way so as to blend visually with the ocean and is as wide as the social areas and the main bedroom together. This permits these areas easy access via sliding glass doors to the water.
Volumetrically and spatially, the design was limited by a zoning height of 7m.
The street facade is a close volume for privacy, opening only at the entrance hall.
Three volumes dominate the composition:
1- Two exposed concrete volumes containing the entrance hall and and guest bathrooms
2- An aluminium parasol articulates these two volumes and marks the bedroom hall. This element forms a metallic skin which permits the house to ventilate, as it is perpetually open to the wind.
3- A yellow metallic roof which gives shade, receives the rain water and visually unifies the facades and marks the entrance.
The main bedroom has the best view and is placed on the other side of the bedrooms. It is 45cm (+/- 1.5ft) below the rest of the second floor level, and the top of the bed (which has is placed directly against the reflecting pool ocean-view facing glass wall, is on the water level, visually bringing the ocean right up to the foot of the bed.
An interior/exterior spatial flow is dominant specially between the social areas,the main bedroom and the pool, and also between the bedroom hall and the exterior garden. The latter relationship contrasts with the massive concrete volume it is encased in, and to further underline this contrast, the walkable areas are treated very lightly, with glass and wooden bridges and a glass stairs. The glass reflects everything in the space, including the light from ceiling openings and helps make the otherwise enclosed space,very light and airy.
Ficha del proyecto:
Localización: Faro Escondido, Puntarenas Costa Rica.
Año de construcción: 2010
Diseño: Arq. Victor Cañas
Equipo de diseño: Arq. Andrés Cañas, Arq. Ricardo Chaves.
Diseño Estrutural: Ingeniería Cañas. Ing Rafael Cañas Ruiz e Ing Carlos Andrés Chaves
Diseño Electromecánico: Ingeniería Cañas. Ing. Andrea Zúniga
Diseño jardines: Arq. Soledad Pena
Iluminación: Sentido Arquitectónica (Miguel Marín), y Víctor Cañas
Sistema inteligente: Hob Sibernética, Leonardo Mora
Diseño interior: Elizabeth Sargent, Cañas Arquitectos, Arq. Andrés Cañas y Víctor Cañas
Arte: Galería Jacob Carpio
Desarrolladora: Emerald City Visions Developers
Fotografía: Arq.Victor Cañas, C.Jinesta, Sergio Pucci.