Architect: Carazo Architects – Rodrigo Carazo
Location: Poas Alajuela, Costa Rica
Design team: Erick Solis, Erick Calderón, Bryan Vidal, Fanny Erfling
Interior design: Arq. Rodrigo Carazo, Beba Lobo
Construction: CPS Construccion
Project year: 2010
Project area: 800 sqm
Photographs: Kurt Aumair, Felipe Sanabria
The Areopagus Residence, designed by Paravant Architects in Atenas, Costa Rica, is custom designed to be as intimately connected to the natural landscape around it as possible. By exploiting passive heating and cooling strategies, the architects were able to design a home that does not require mechanical air conditioning systems. This also allows for uninterrupted south-facing views that open out into the landscape.
More photos of this residence after the break.
The fundamental concern that guided the decision process from the start was how to produce a solution that is environmentally responsible, functional, cost effective and iconic. The circular shape of the building aims at giving a positive response to all of the above.The proposal by MOOV not only preserves the locations and offers living conditions to its dwellers, but also enhances the actual natural conditions, by regenerating the plot. More images and architects’ description after the break.
A new competition is offering architects around the world the opportunity to propose cutting edge responsible environmental design solutions for the headquarters of FundeCoR, a Costa Rican NGO dedicated to the preservation of the natural environment. As an environmentalist institution, FundeCoR’s new building must be exemplary in green architectural design and construction.
The project will be located on a property in a beautiful rural area in hot, humid Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui in the Caribbean region of Costa Rica and the deadline for submissions is October 10th, 2011.
For more information, including all competition documents, visit here.
Architects: SPG Architects
Location: Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica
Project Team: Caroline N. Sidnam, Eric A. Gartner, Andres Cova, John Hudson
Renewable Energy Systems: Poderco S.A.
General Contractor: Sergio Camacho De Pass
Project Area: 18,000 sq ft
Project Year: 2005-2009
Photographs: Charles Lindsay
Architects: Robles Arquitectos
Location: Playa Carate, Peninsula de Osa, Costa Rica
Project Team: Juan Robles, Emilio Quirós, Andrea Solano, Erick Guevara, Rodolfo Schlager, Isabel Bello, Adriana Serrano, Walter Mora, Allan Calvo, José A. Ruiz
Contractor: CPS S.A.
Project Area: 482 sqm
Project Year: 2009-2010
Photographs: Courtesy of Juan Robles
Spanish firm Moho Architects are currently in the schematic design phase of a mixed use tower for San Jose, Costa Rica. The tower, whose programmatic elements will range from commercial and retail spaces to offices and hotels, aims to create a strong model of sustainability for the region that will promote eco-friendliness.
More images and more about the tower after the break.
If you have fantasies of living like the Swiss Family Robinson or even the characters in Lost, this rainforest resort near Quepos, Costa Rica may be just the ticket. Situated on the edge of the Manuel Antonio National Park, the Costa Verde Resort features an incredible hotel suite set inside a 1965 Boeing 727 airplane. In its former life the airplane transported globetrotters on South Africa Air and Avianca Airlines, and it now serves as a two bedroom suite perched on the edge of the rainforest overlooking the beach and ocean.
The airplane was transported piece by piece from the San Jose airport to its current resting place on a pedestal 50 feet above the beach. It looks a bit like a model airplane on a stand, and we can only imagine the spectacular views from the balcony and the airplane windows. Five big trucks were needed to get the plane out to the resort, and while the transportation certainly had a negative ecological impact, the finished project is a stunning example of adaptive reuse.
Seen at inhabitat. More images after the break.
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.
Architects: Gianni Botsford
Location: Cahuita, Costa Rica
Budget: UK £55,000 (US $108,971)
Contractor: Lechenne Construction
Structural Engineers: Tall Engineers
Photographs: Christian Richters