Joya Villas / Studio Saxe

Joya Villas / Studio Saxe

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Santa Teresa Beach, Costa Rica
  • Architects Authors of this architecture project Studio Saxe
  • Area Area of this architecture project
    961.0 m2
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Ducasse Industrial, Sur Paint
  • Lead Architect

    Benjamin Garcia Saxe
  • Photographs

  • Project Architect

    Cesar Coto & Rogelio Quesada
  • Project Coordinator

    Laura Morelli

  • Structural Engineer

    Sotela Alfaro Ltda.
  • Electromechanical Engineer

    Dynamo Studio
  • Builder

    Dante Medri
  • Landscape

    Vida Landscape
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© Andres Garcia Lachner
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Text description provided by the architects. Set in the rainforest of Santa Teresa, Costa Rica, two modern homes project out of the landscape and are defined by a series of steel frames that bring the best modern methods of construction to a tropical location. The use of large steel I-beams and concrete is a tenet of the international language of Modernist architecture and Studio Saxe have taken this design approach and recontextualised it for contemporary use. This project is a continuation of their search for an authentic Central American tropical architecture.

© Andres Garcia Lachner
© Andres Garcia Lachner
First floor plan
First floor plan
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© Andres Garcia Lachner

The raw materials of steel and concrete are balanced with the careful use of crafted wooden screens and floors, to ensure the design of these rental properties is rooted in local traditions and building techniques. The black metal frames create cantilevered openings that hover over the social spaces below, creating a blurred distinction between inside and outside areas and between private and more communal atmospheres.

© Andres Garcia Lachner
© Andres Garcia Lachner

Large openings on every level of the building make the building seem lightweight and they connect the inhabitants to the surrounding natural environment. A delicate timber staircase appears to float from one floor to the other, suspended by the finest steel cables. The town of Santa Teresa on the pacific coast of Costa Rica has become a multicultural hub, renowned for its large waves and untouched nature. Joya Villas is situated on a hilltop, with its main terrace directly overlooking one of the best surfing breaks in the region. People have rented the homes can enjoy the views of the best swells from the comfort of their infinity pool or simply walk down to the beach to enjoy.

© Andres Garcia Lachner
© Andres Garcia Lachner

Architect Benjamin Garcia Saxe said:
“Joya Villas is a clear reflection of a new wave of contextual contemporary tropical architecture that

© Andres Garcia Lachner
© Andres Garcia Lachner

is born from and adapts to its precise location, land contours, and climate. These ingredients are then brought to life through the careful balance of modern building techniques and touches of handcrafted natural materials. Everything we do at Studio Saxe is focused on trying to enhance the experience of the natural in the inhabitant of spaces and perhaps even create moments of relaxation and reflection. This train of thought and the architecture that is emerging could begin to be considered as the birth of an authentic Central American Tropical Architecture.”

© Andres Garcia Lachner
© Andres Garcia Lachner

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Cite: "Joya Villas / Studio Saxe" 22 Feb 2018. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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