CARETAKER’S HOUSE

OSA PENINSULA, COSTA RICA

This small 127 square meter house located on the Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica serves as both housing for the site’s caretaker and a prototype for future housing on a nearby ranch. By using local vernacular materials of concrete and stucco for the base of the house, it is unnecessary to import building materials, cutting down on fuel consumption and transport costs. The solid base functions as a protective space, sheltering the inhabitants from the surrounding rainforest floor while elevating the living quarters above. The second floor spaces are enclosed by a soaring structure of bamboo, a renewable building material that is economical and light-weight. The sculptural roof springs from the ground level, mimicking the rainforest’s canopy. This structure filters and shields the interior spaces from the sun and elements while providing views of the rainforest.

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house in site

entry area

outdoor living

roof structure meets ground plane

model

model

model - interior

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