Casa Tres Perlas is a tropical modern home that was envisioned and built as an eco-family retreat for 10 people with a limited budget in the Southern Pacific Coast, specifically in the vicinities of Dominicalito. Wood is the protagonist since it is a material that not only resists earthquakes very well but primary structure is fast to build. Not only passive strategies were implemented like cross ventilation, house built off the ground, wide eaves and access to natural light with the use of glass and local wood slats, but The Perkins family were conscious enough to hire local costa rican workers from Platanillo and empower them through teachings of modern construction programming, techniques and procedures through my leadership.
This projet was finished in November 2016 after a heavy rainy season and lots of lessons learned. Locally harvested Guayavillo, Pochote, Laurel , Cedar and river reclaimed Ron-ron are the wood species that served us as structure and furniture. First floor structure is integral concrete blocks with a metal deck that holds washed concrete floors and second floor is a combination of light weight materials: wood and USG drywall.