2013-07-26 17.31.48So it is! You have read correctly. How can Icelandic recyclable architecture be applied in the tropics? How can you select construction materials in the tropics being inspired on such a different context?

On my recent  trip to Iceland, this wall in Reykjavick called my attention specially because it is made of  wooden pallettes.The tropical application would be very simple. You basically need to take the remains from hard wood structural sections, add cross ventilation and a great joint . Of course this works with a great natural sealant or wax ( bees wax or penofin) , plus wide overhangs that protect it from sun and rain.

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For those of you wanting to build a small size vacation home, small apartments or cottages and bungalows, there’s some innovative ideas that I have applied to some projects, with great results and I’d like to share.

Let’s take the typical ‘beach or mountain cottage’ as an example. This would be a smaller detached home with approximately 1000 living sq ft ( 120 sm/ 1291 sft, 2 to 3 bedrooms, living room, kitchen, 1 or 2 levels) on  a budget of 60k to 70k (good quality construction)  in a beach or mountain
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When creating your dream ‘cottage’, one can accomplish staying within budget, aesthetics, and functionality by using new life style concepts, new materials and new thinking overall. If you take ‘change’ as part of life and can deal with a few, you’ll be good to go. My philosophy is that ‘the river is not the same river, it changes with every second that passes by’, and I like to apply that to my designs. I have accomplished the ‘tropical living’ in many designs and have stayed within budget by incorporating some, or all, of these ideas and construction materials in the tropics:

1. Roof as envelope.
In Costa Rica, due to it’s geographical location, a home’s roof is in charge of reflecting the sunlight back to the atmosphere, protecting the interior from rain and providing insulation. So here’s an idea: use the ‘envelope roof design’, which looks like an open envelope with the living space inside. Here are some examples of houses built like that in Europe, Brazil and one of my designs in Costa Rica.

When Christia Madacsi, from Centro y Sur magazine interviewed me, I traveled with my mind to my former years in college, life as a child and more importantly to essential roots of architecture and why we need it in modern times. As my first interview and my first time having an article of published on a magazine,  I  realize how much I enjoy connecting with people who share my philosophy and points of view. It is the same feeling of working with a client when we both like ideas, discussing them.This integral work makes an awesome project born.

I hope you enjoy this article, and invite you to read the whole magazine. Loved their graphic design and the content just make me pride of Latin America.If you want to listen to my interview click here!

 

I am working on this tropical modern project, and the owner and I would like to hear about your opinion on colors. Which one you like the best? White metal facade? Silver metal facade? or slate gray facade? Please fill the form below.

Silver Option

Slate gray option

White option

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When I was asked by John Kettlewell to design his house in Escazu, I started wondering what would be the best solution for his lot’s specific situation: get the best view and moving not too much earth. Not only for budget proposals but thinking about sustainability too.This scale model really helped me to figure it out. It is an old school technique that I believe every great architect may still use , despite the advanced technology available to us. I could almost feel and touch the shapes of the ground and was able to model them more accurately and more comfortable than with a 3d software!

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After visiting the latest edition of the Construction Fair several days ago, something got me thinking…why there´s so many companies offering solar water heaters and not so many offer  photovoltaic  systems to generate electricity despite the fact that solar energy will become a more economically attractive energy source in the future?

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