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Casa Kike / Gianni Botsford Architects

  • 01:00 - 8 July, 2008
Casa Kike / Gianni Botsford Architects
Casa Kike / Gianni Botsford Architects

Casa Kike / Gianni Botsford Architects Casa Kike / Gianni Botsford Architects Casa Kike / Gianni Botsford Architects Casa Kike / Gianni Botsford Architects +17

  • Architects

  • Location

    Cahuita, Costa Rica
  • Architects

    Gianni Botsford
  • Structural Engineers

    Tall Engineers
  • Contractor

    Lechenne Construction
  • Client

    Confidential
  • Budget

    UK £55,000 (US $108,971)

From the architect. A few months ago i spotted this house with an amazing private library in Domus magazine, on an issue dedicated to contemporary libraries. It has a very detalied wood work. I love the bookshelves between the structure. the text from the architect, more pictures and drawings after the break.

By coupling indigenous techniques and materials with modern design technologies and aesthetics GBA has created this intimate double pavilion for a writer in Costa Rica.

A main studio space, with library, writing desk and grand piano, is the writer's daytime space. The pavilion's wooden structure, sourced from local timber, sits on a simple foundation of wooden stilts on small concrete pad foundations. Roof beams of up to 10 m long and 355 mm deep allow for an interior with no vertical columns. The mono-pitched roof elevates towards the sea shore, while the interior is through ventilated via a completely louvred glazed end façade.

Set at a short distance along a raised walkway, a second smaller pavilion mirrors the first. This contains sleeping quarters and a bathroom. Externally, the pavilions are clad in corrugated steel sheeting, another locally used construction material. The overall effect is that of a building which blends with its surroundings, both visually and environmentally.

© photographs copyright christian richters

Cite: "Casa Kike / Gianni Botsford Architects" 08 Jul 2008. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/3611/casa-kike-gianni-botsford-architects/>
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51 Comments

Dave Munson · October 07, 2012

Love the form, love the wood, love the book cases, hate the metal sheathing. It looks cheap.

CoesterAppraisals · July 19, 2012

Amazing Library http://t.co/5ezcbTYD

CoesterAppraisals · July 14, 2012

Amazing Library http://t.co/5ezcbTYD

CoesterAppraisals · July 12, 2012

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CoesterAppraisals · June 09, 2012

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CoesterAppraisals · May 29, 2012

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Bernard Ryefield · April 20, 2012

Casa Kike / Gianni Botsford Architects | ArchDaily http://t.co/q7DbHlal #library #private #CostaRica

SubliminalPop · March 28, 2012

@FaziEditore http://t.co/vPyCw5it

afilmsnob · March 14, 2012

Your ebook collection will never look this good: http://t.co/jk9a0VMh

Kerry · March 14, 2012

Your ebook collection will never look this good: http://t.co/jk9a0VMh

ryan · March 14, 2012

Your ebook collection will never look this good: http://t.co/jk9a0VMh

Cookie · February 23, 2012

Today is all about blinding envy over other people&#39s libraries. This one, in Costa Rica. (Tiny fists shaking in rage.) http://t.co/CfDnAV3b

Tim · December 23, 2011

Whoa! Excuse me?!???

What's the name of this house again? Does nobody realize or care how offensive that is?!???

Scott Abercrombie · October 13, 2011
energysavinghouse · February 22, 2011

??????? ????????? ?????????????????????? http://fb.me/TYh8fy7A

Toon · January 24, 2011

Casa Kike / Gianni Botsford Architects http://bit.ly/g5Wy4y << cool natural & modern :)

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Natasha Maasri · September 06, 2010

I want!!! RT @chaftari: House with an amazing library in Costa Rica http://icio.us/1uo2gs

Michael Chaftari · September 06, 2010

House with an amazing library in Costa Rica http://icio.us/1uo2gs

L'Hippocampe associé · September 06, 2010

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Guilherme Rebelo · May 03, 2010

http://tinyurl.com/2a68t54 pra começar o dia inspirado

Joseph Barcia · January 20, 2010

I want this library. http://bit.ly/8SheQn

seyns · January 19, 2010

wow, wonderful wood structure
say, how do ppl innovate new structures??

Forex Correlation Code Review · October 11, 2009

Definitely a bookmark. Thanks!

Weight Loss Software · October 03, 2009

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earn online · September 29, 2009

Thanks. I liked your post, do you have more like this? The topic needs lots of research, most people don't have it.

Eliane · November 18, 2012 10:52 AM

Abdulilah Al-jawadi Posted on Dear sir: Kindly help me as much as possible to have a free feiswolhlp to get anM.A.degree in linguistics.I hope that you may take care for my letter & you may answer me personally.Thanks in anticipation.I would like to inform you that I,m interested @ experit in the translation of the glorious Quran into English.

barbara schlösser · September 14, 2009

"a building which blends with its surroundings, both visually and environmentally" http://bit.ly/3F45Wi #architecture

Larissa Souza · August 27, 2009

o ORIGINAL: http://bit.ly/hH29s

Clarisse · August 26, 2009

I think you should read de text the brasilian architect wrote about her project. She is pretty clear about her admiration for Gianni.
It doesn't hurt to research before making acusations...

Ally · August 28, 2009 06:44 PM

In her text she wrote his last name wrong and his nationality!!

Accoring to her his name is Gianni Bots Ford and his from London! She is the one who shoul do a research!!

That´s not admiration... that was a lame excuse to copy someone else design. And that´s called lack of creativity!

Rcesar · August 26, 2009 10:18 PM

Unfortunatelly architecture and design are not such matter that requires instructions to use nor to perceive. A copy is still a copy no matter what. As a matter of fact what really hurts is the justification alleged by the author of the copy, in a millieu of professionals that are very keen about originality.

Rcesar · August 26, 2009

Could you please check the following address: http://admin.estadodeminas.vru...

The picture above is about an office ridiculously copied by a decorator in Brazil, during an event named Casa Cor 2009, which is happening right now. Please Check http://www.casacor.com.br/mina... should you decide getting in touch with the organizers of that event. It was the most stupid plagiarism I ever saw!

grego fiorotti · August 24, 2009

o original http://tinyurl.com/5opjts e a versão da casa cor http://tinyurl.com/mpk5gr

ana rocha · August 24, 2009

http://noticias.lugarcerto.com...

I think you should see this.

for me, this is plagiarism

Goldschmidt Razvan · August 12, 2009

No, the book are protected, even for the horizontal rain. I so a project on National Geographic, and I so the same thing about that protection. I the roof is covering well that part of the house. Anyway it is a cool loking house for a reader or a writer. And also I love the wood structure of the house

Timmy · June 30, 2009

Keep up this good blog;great job!

peter · June 08, 2009

I'm planning to build a retirement /vacation home in the same area of Costa Rica. (Manzanillo) I'm concerned with securing theproperty when it is left unattended. How does the owner of this beautiful space keep the property secure.

peter · June 08, 2009

I am planning to build a small retirement/ vacation home in the same area of Costa Rica (Manzanillo). How does the owner secure the property when it is left unattended?

Bella · April 23, 2009

I usually don

DCV · February 17, 2009

The area is really humid. This project is located in the most humid region of Costa Rica, although its closeness to the shore provides reasonable wind, so air circulation (in and out) of the house can be an answer to potentially severe humidity problems. Actually, traditional houses (19th-early 20th century)in that area are made of wood and are quite open for this reason.

joel · January 29, 2009

a lucky used book store owner won this bid.

fiona winzar · January 21, 2009

Stunning! A beautiful sculptural work that is understated externally and richly textured internally. Gianni is on top of the game.

mat · October 22, 2008

really wood use of wood

SolPatots · July 11, 2008

Funny structure!

Connie · July 10, 2008

Talk about ALWAYS having good reading light.

lene · July 10, 2008

although the exteriors are too much for me. i really like the interiors. the library is beautiful and spacious.
quoting cozby: "I vow one day to have a study like that!"

Cozby · July 10, 2008

I vow one day to have a study like that!

Conno · July 10, 2008

i was thinking the same exact thing when I saw it the books. Such a beautiful house though!

soda · July 09, 2008

Is humidity a problem in that area? I'm wondering about the condition of the books in what seems like an essentially open structure...

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