This house in Costa Rica has stunning ocean and jungle views
One of the projects longlisted for the WAN House of the Year 2017, the Holdener family bought this beautiful property in Costa Rica with two breath-taking views down to the ocean and back into the jungle. Studio Saxe decided to rest the house against the back of the steep hill of the site in order to stabilize the soil and protect the house from falling debris.
The house then transitions from a more solid and intimate construction at the back that holds bedrooms and bathrooms, towards a light-weight and ephemeral structure that points to the visual collapse of the ocean and jungle views.
The result is a series of interwoven terraces that relate to each other in all dimensions creating not only an internal dynamic interaction between levels, but also varied and sometimes unexpected relationships between the inhabitants and the natural landscape. In these interstitial terrace spaces, which are never truly inside or out, architecture comes to foster the relationship, enjoyment, and appreciation of the natural world by the inhabitants.