Right orientation of a structure in Costa Rica can be tricky. There are 10 basic types of ¨local climates¨ all over the country which result in a huge variety of different microclimates.Flora and fauna biodiversity are blessed with these conditions, and one of the main objectives of tropical modern architecture is to design with nature, adapting designs to local weather. Not adapting the weather to a house. This can probably be the main reason for construction materials not being as durable as we thought so.
Those who live in Costa Rica already know that living in the tropics means not only living in paradise, but also having to deal with the forces of Mother Nature. One of these forces: water. Last rainy season left us a lesson.This summer is a great time to implement sustainable and simple practices that will protect your home from future unwanted floods and landslides. Remember that climate change is a problem that seems to be increasing rather than being solved. Instituto Meteorologico Nacional de Costa Rica announced a heavy rainy season for this year.
So why not plan ahead and install an infiltration planter?
This tropical modern project features 4 units each with 1 bedroom, specially designed to rent to a very specific user: single persons and students. My client specifically ensured does not want to deal with families or children. We are on a $440 per squared meter cost. That’s why this design features zinc exterior walls on north and south facades, to reduce costs, and because of the small lot we are working on. On the other hand, east and west facades have operable windows every to let natural air and light to come into all the apartments, crosses ventilation concept applied here. This will help to reduce the electricity bill. Landscape design is crucial, because the project is a downslope building. Nature will be the user’s view from everywhere in the apartment. This is a great example of a steel frame building design. Finishes are polished concrete floors, concrete built in counter, low cost accessories, minimum use of doors.Construction starting on march 2011.
Note: 60k does not include earth movement and retaining wall. Spending 60K is possible on a flat lot.
Hello from Costa Rica! Glad to present an example of an initial architectural project phase. This is what I call concept design, and is part of schematic design or “anteproyecto”.
Hello hello to all of you readers! Here we are , at a great stage of the construction of this tropical modern house to define landscape, so we can start getting together all that scattered hummus left from the excavation work.
Particularly me, I would really like to touch the plants and its roots when inside the pool…what an exhilarating experience that would be! Combined with natural stone, this would look truly natural.
I would rather prefer to see more plants, than a concrete esplanade generating more heat into the atmosphere. I suggest developers to stop thinking always about money, and start thinking on high quality spaces. We costaricans deserve it!