My client Peter from New York, decided to follow the construction process of his home I designed. He changed the cold and snow for tropical weather and grilled fish, while involving directly during all construction stages. Unless you hire professional assistance with proven experience, it makes it easier for architectural inspectors like me to keep track of everything that goes on at all times.That makes this process a more open and clear one for all parts of the team. Construction can be complex, specially in such a place like Puerto Viejo, where culture, distance and construction methods represent a challenge to whoever that’s not a local.
So in the tropics, you must be cautious with the aesthetics you want for your project. As my clients Oumi and Urs from Switzerland said, “we are not in Ibiza, we are in Costa Rica” .That means that you may want to select materials that are low maintenance and colors that blend with Nature. Of course we all loved the first option but it is up to the client to decide which strategies benefit both their pockets and needs. I will provide all the elevations options and will guide you to take the decision that best suits you. Read More
The University for Peace Kiosk was designed in collaboration with Andres Serpa.
While traveling all around Costa Rica following my client’s special sites for building their homes in the tropics, I can’t help but to learn from vernacular architecture. In few words, what people do for themselves based on the empirical process. Read More
Either of the two times during a year, one of them right today, the sun crosses the celestial equator and the length of day and night are approximately equal; and the Sun is closest to the Earth.If you are building a tropical home in a hot, rainy and humid weather like Costa Rica, this means that you really should prepare for intense heat over your roof! And your head!
In a tropical location, roof design is the responsible architectural element that will provide comfort and quality indoor environment. In the video below, you can see how a house in the mountains of Perez Zeledon is perfectly shaded during equinox, the hottest time of the year in Costa Rica.
This video is prepared by the program I generally use called Eco Tect,this is when I can double check what my common sense tells me when I am designing at any location. This case specifically needs direct natural light during the rainy season as, so the eaves width and house orientation is determined by such technology. The process feels more like playing with the roof measurements and angling spaces in order to satisfy 2 opposite weather conditions.
Feels good when you can help others to let go and build what they have always dreamed of. Here I am with the Perkins at Escaleras de Dominical, we have stacked their future tropical vacation home as we realize how important the trees are for shading the house. We can’t wait to get building started!
This is a simple 2 level house, first floor on concrete blocks, second level on wood, full of minimalist details that make tropical living easier: less mold, more natural breeze, less maintenance fees, more health due to exposition of rooms to the outdoors and lastly a higher quality of life. This is no american house in the tropics, this is a tropical modern architectural design adapted to Nature and local conditions.