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.

 

Tropical Modern architect Gloriana Mejia

Casa Tres Perlas and Dominicalito Bay

Tropical Modern architect Gloriana Mejia

North facade brings light in through a transparent roof to kill mold during rainy season

Tropical modern architect Gloriana Mejia

South West facade was designed with a 3.5 meters long eave to protect users from sun incidence, yet allowing diffuse light into bedrooms

Tropical Modern architect Gloriana Mejia

Pool was build on a slope 2 steps down from the main terrace

Tropical Modern Architect Gloriana Mejia

Indirect light illuminates the family living room, which was conceptualized as an outdoor space

Tropical Modern Architect

Sofa that accommodates 10 people designed by Gloriana Mejia

Tropical Modern Architect Gloriana Mejia

Wide slatted sliding doors keep the kitchen in direct connection with outdoor living area

Tropical Modern Architect Gloriana Mejia

Downspouts and gutters are integrated into primary structure

Tropical Modern Architect Gloriana Mejia

A full bedroom was designed at a lower level, maximizing the use of space in a limited flat existing terrace

Tropical Modern Architect Gloriana Mejia

Several lounging areas all over the house

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Tropical Modern Architect Gloriana Mejia

The Dinning room feels like an outdoor space even though it can be closed off with accordion doors. Steps to Master Bedroom on the right.

Tropical Modern Architect Gloriana Mejia

Kitchen with an ocean view

Tropical Modern Architect Gloriana Mejia

Master Bedroom view

Tropical Modern Architect Gloriana Mejia

Additional sleeping area with tree tops views

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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