Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Costa Rica House

Design for a house in the Norther Highlands of Costa Rica overlooking Lake Arenal.  The house is on a gently sloping site and is organized around an axis that aligns with the view of the Lake beyond.  Upon entering the courtyard you will be able to see all the way through the house out to the lake.

A large window wall with "Lift and Slide" doors combines the indoor and outdoor living spaces.  The Loggia is sheltered from the prevailing wind by two wings, the kitchen on one side and the client's office on the other side.  Bay windows for a banquet in the kitchen and a large working desk in the office provide stunning views of the Lake and Arenal Volcano.  Terraced planters are used on the downhill side of the house to avoid handrails that would block the view from the main living areas.  A separate building near the entry is a guest Casita that can be converted to a Garage for the client's car when they are not in residence.

Two Bedroom suites are accessed from a covered walkway in the Courtyard for maximum privacy.  Each has a covered outdoor terrace with a view to the lake, as well as private shower courtyards off their bathrooms.