Architect builds unique forest home so mother can sleep under an open sky
The bamboo house was a personal venture by architect Benjamin Garcia Saxe, of Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, who designed this one-off natural structure for his mother in Costa Rica. He relates, ‘[my] mom and I never had a place we could call home...always dreaming of a place we could be together’. Having lived in the city for a significant period of time, Saxe’s mother moved to the forest in search of a permanent home, constructing her own dwelling using scrap wood and plastic bags.
Upon leaving a built-up urban environment, she became transfixed with the moon and sun, inspiring her son to design a permanent bamboo house complete with cone-shaped dome ‘that opens up to the sky under an ‘umbrella roof’’ revealing the natural elements of the forest. Composed to two separate modules – a Kitchen/Living area and a Bedroom space – this ‘internal protected forest of bamboo...inverts the role of the forest by bringing it inside’, hence meeting the needs of the architect’s mother in providing her with a permanent dwelling which retains an intimate relationship with the natural environment. Inside the structure is an internal patio, weaving together these two individual modules.