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Naia House / Studio Saxe

Naia House / Studio Saxe

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Santa Teresa Beach, Costa Rica
  • Client:Paola Carvahlo
  • Design Director:Benjamin G. Saxe
  • Interior Designer:Cristina de Freitas
  • Builder:Proconsa
  • Electromechanical Engineer:S3
  • Landscape:Jen Speirs Plant Styling+Design
  • Structural Engineer:S3
  • City:Santa Teresa Beach
  • Country:Costa Rica
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Text description provided by the architects. Tropical Oasis with teak roof and screens blends inside & outside boundaries connecting people to nature. Studio Saxe was commissioned to design two beach houses in the beautiful town of Santa Teresa in Costa Rica. We decided to blend the tropical jungle into the houses whilst creating a bioclimatic comfort for people to enjoy the outdoor experience.

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© Andres Garcia Lachner
© Andres Garcia Lachner
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Naia One Plan
Naia One Plan
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© Andres Garcia Lachner
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© Andres Garcia Lachner

Concept. Naia One: A one-story house blocks the street and opens up to an interior garden with a pool creating leisure spaces within that play with light. Set within walking distance to the beach, the home is composed of generous rooflines that create shelter and the possibility of living outside within nature.

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Naia Two: A vertical roof-like umbrella creates an atrium to enjoy the natural light and the outdoors while being protected from the elements. Volumes of rooms are then intersected to create a separation between private spaces and common spaces in this two-story house. Set within walking distance to the beach, the home is composed of generous rooflines that create shelter and the possibility of living outside within nature.

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Naia Two Ground Floor Plan
Naia Two Ground Floor Plan

Design. By creating an identifiable roofline, we could then use it to create a language of architecture for both large and small scale. Teak screens and patterns are used throughout in order to create dappled sunlight and also to protect from rain and the elements. The design is composed of lightweight structural living areas and solid private bedrooms.

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© Andres Garcia Lachner
© Andres Garcia Lachner
© Andres Garcia Lachner

Sustainability. Throughout the day common spaces are generously ventilated as well as illuminated by natural light that seeps through thus reducing the use of energy throughout. At night the more intimate and solid bedroom structures create the perfect enclosure whilst allowing for cross ventilation for comfort. The large rooflines are used to collect water that later is used for garden irrigation throughout. Hot water is created by solar panels for a more efficient energy strategy.

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© Andres Garcia Lachner
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Construction. The main living spaces are composed of light-weight steel frames that hold open spaces that welcome nature inside with long rooflines that are made of steel and covered in teak. Screens made out of reforested teak wood clad the steel structure and create refracted light around the spaces. Bedrooms, on the other hand, are made of concrete making them a much more enclosed construction that is independent of the main steel structure acting as a type of system that can be assembled for making a bigger or smaller house.

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Cite: "Naia House / Studio Saxe" 03 Sep 2021. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/967934/naia-house-studio-saxe> ISSN 0719-8884
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