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Casa Akoya in Puntarenas

Accommodation and Pool Project in Costa Rica, Central America design by Studio Saxe Architects

10 Jan 2020

Casa Akoya, Gulf of Nicoya

Architects: Studio Saxe

Location: Puntarenas, Costa Rica

Casa Akoya, Puntarenas

Casa Akoya in Puntarenas Costa Rica

Large terraces capture the wind and waves on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica. Set amongst idyllic white sand beaches and coconut groves, this low-key beach home was conceived to give its inhabitants not only a visual but also a literal connection to the sand and water where it belongs.

Casa Akoya in Puntarenas Costa Rica

Horizontal roof planes create large indoor-outdoor spaces that integrate seamlessly and diffuse the perception of the home with its surrounding natural environment. Lightness and materiality are used to create a feeling of openness and airiness that permeates through the inhabitants.

Casa Akoya in Puntarenas Costa Rica

The house was raised off from the ground by 3 steps allowing the inhabitants to have a more direct view of the waves and the beach break. This subtle move also helped to create a feeling of levitation above the landscape and protection. The house was then split up in 4 horizontal roof planes which, 3 for each bedroom and 1 for the main living area.

This architectural strategy allows for every space to feel as the roof belongs to that specific location whilst dematerializing the edges of the home and creating the opportunity of cross ventilation between spaces. Controlled natural light then is allowed to permeate from 3 sides of every space making them feel more integrated to the surrounding landscape.

Casa Akoya in Puntarenas Costa Rica

Traditional cinder block construction was used for the main structural walls of the house for its easy maintenance and durability. Light weight wooden roofs float above these walls and create large overhang extensions that protect the building from the elements whilst creating outdoor decks.

Casa Akoya in Puntarenas Costa Rica

At Studio Saxe they believe that clever design should precede technology when designing a project. The architects use common sense bioclimatic strategies for temperature control to create spaces that require less energy consumption and provide an overall feeling of wellness.

Casa Akoya in Puntarenas Costa Rica

The “elevated” roofline above the walls of the house create the perfect opportunity for cross ventilation and controlled natural light. Long overhangs cool down the spaces during the day and protect from sun and rain. Active strategies are then introduced such as solar hot water, water collection, energy efficient systems, and others to supplement the passive cooling design of the project.

Casa Akoya in Puntarenas Costa Rica

Casa Akoya, Puntarenas – Building Information

Location: Puntarenas, Costa Rica
Date of completion: 2018
Client: Private Residence
Area: Aprox. 302 sqm Director: Benjamin García Saxe
Project Architect: Cesar Coto
Structural Engineer: Sotela Alfaro Ltda.
Electromechanical Engineer: Dynamo Studio
Builder: Gad Harel

Casa Akoya in Puntarenas Costa Rica

Photography: Andres Garcia Lachner

Casa Akoya in Puntarenas, Costa Rica images / information received 180918

Website: Saxe Architects

Location: Puntarenas, Costa Rica, central America

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