This indoor-outdoor residence located on a rainforest mountainside, is an environmentally sensitive design. The building uses an abandoned steel frame, which reduced the material needs of the project. The primary living spaces are separated from the outdoors by deep eaves with a movable glass wall system or a wall system of integrated insect screens and louvers that provide both protection and privacy. The roof is covered with a reflective white membrane, so as to prevent the absorption of heat. The roof features 94 solar panels that provide the house’s full electrical energy needs, while a rainwater collection system minimizes water runoff and erosion on the site and provides all of the home’s water needs. Energy Star appliances, pervious pavers, efficient lighting, a chemical-free pool as well as hardwood furniture and cabinetry built from wood harvested at the site are among the other sustainable features of the design. Environmental Brochure featuring SPG’s Casa Torcida.

Project Info >
  • Project Team
  • Coty Sidnam and Eric Gartner
  • Architect of Record
  • Sergio Camacho de Pass
  • Renewable Energy Systems
  • Solar Design - Jason Borner, Poderco S.A.
  • Interior Design
  • Andres Cova
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aerial view showing roof systems

living area showing glass wall system

kitchen with local woods

bedroom shutter wall open

pool terraces with deep eaves

pool at night

yoga deck and photovoltaic cells

pool at night

shadows on facade

diagram of cross ventilation

diagram of eaves protecting from sunlight

diagram of roof systems