LocationPeninsula de Osa, Costa Rica
Architect in ChargeJuan Robles Alvarado
Design TeamJuan Robles, Isabel Bello, Erick Guevara, Emilio Quirós, Adriana Serrano, Andrea Solano
Diseño EstructuralBA Ingeniería
Text description provided by the architects. Moon House is located in Ojochal, a place surrounded by dense forest and favoured with great ocean views.
The House was created for the Shivji family from India, who were looking for an experimental space that allows them to enjoy a ludic and healthy atmosphere.
To solve their needs it was necessary the use of bioclimatic strategies that help along with the energy efficiency and thermal confort needed.
The House’ skin makes it work as a living organism in his natural environment. Taking advantage of the ecological variables without the user’s intervention, the space can automatically maintain its thermal comfort.
The project is compose by three modules graphically shown as bulbs, two of which are occupied by the social area and surrounded by a mass of water that improve the interior environment, natural lightning and cross ventilation.
The third bulb contains the private area where the bedrooms are located. The structural composition of this last zone is not that open as the others so the thermal mass is manipulated to generate a more appropriate space to its use.
The construction process is reduce due to the modules design and the use of fewest number of materials.
The design process represent the opportunity of using low cost strategies in order to improve the house functionality.
The construction process in the other hand, let to the opportunity of using local human resources which help the economy of the community and at the same time teach them different and better ways of building a innovative project with low ecological impact.