Location: San Jose, Costa Rica
Area : 651.0 sqm
Year : 2015
This house establishes an uninterrupted ̈inside-outside ̈ relationship; a sequence of layers between the open and the intermediary. Frontal boundaries are blurred by sheets of glass and vegetation, framed by two horizontal planes, floor and ceiling, where the full and the void are related via a series of matter, water, vegetation and sky.
Lateral boundaries establish the ̈full-void ̈ relationship via a series of solid materials that close transversal views.
All bedrooms are arranged along the peripheries bordering the neighbors, leaving an intermediate space between volumes for social uses: kitchen-dining, living room, swimming pool, porch and barbecue.
Existing trees remain, uncompromisingly piercing the spaces they occupy.
A perimeter curtain of rope and vegetation delineates the limits of the building element, creating a gap of shadow / light that qualifies a space between.
A single material, Melina wood, dresses the inside and the outside. The apparatus varies: the outside is expressed as a relief while the inside is softened .
The kitchen table and the kitchen itself shapes a sculptural floor that presides over the social zone. The black gloss of the Absolute Black granite dematerializes, through its reflections, the gesture of formal forcefulness.
This house responds to the existing features of the landscape and reveals new dimensions of the topography of place. In its formalization and materiality, the experience of light, shadow, earth, water and air is intensified. The general form is readily readable and fluid in its articulation of space.
Joan Puigcorbe Architect
Photographs : Jordi Miralles
Architect: Joan Puigcorbe
Joan Puigcorbé is a leading Barcelona architect linked to Costa Rica for more than a decade. He arrived in Costa Rica to pursue investments, but was captivated by the climate and nature. He divides his time between Costa Rica, Spain, and the variety of places around the world where his work takes him. Joan’s first house was built 30 years ago in southern Spain and he has since designed and built around the world including homes, offices, schools, neighborhoods, libraries, museums, parks, cultural centers and bridges, among other buildings.
Reference: Joan Puigcorbé summary of publications and awards
In “tico” territory, Joan has been developing luxury homes under the brand name “Costa Rica Natural Design.” As Puigcorbé explains, he works here because “Costa Rica is a place where nature still maintains its prominence over the built environment, where it is still possible to establish a relationship of respect and dialogue with nature.”
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