Flotanta House by Benjamin Garcia Saxe Architecture in Puntarenas Canton, Costa Rica

Project: Flotanta House
Architects: Benjamin Garcia Saxe Architecture
Location: Puntarenas Canton, Costa Rica
Area: 3,229 sf
Photographs by: Courtesy of Benjamin Garcia Saxe Architecture

Flotanta House by Benjamin Garcia Saxe Architecture

Designed by Benjamin Garcia Saxe Architecture, the Flotanta House is a stunning modern family dwelling located on Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast. This 3,000 square foot home is embedded with the surrounding natural landscapes and even though the plot’s steep slope created difficulties for the design, it also allowed it to enjoy beautiful views of the ocean.

The Gooden-Nahome family wanted to create a home on the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica and they found an incredible site overlooking the ocean. The biggest challenge we encountered was that their plot of land was predominantly comprised of a very steep slope, and the view of the ocean could only be seen from the upper-mid portion of the site. We saw this as an opportunity rather than a constraint and immediately considered an architectural response that was appropriate for these conditions.

Originally, we explored possibilities of creating large retaining walls and cutting back the soil in order to place the house, a technique typically employed for nearby buildings. Ultimately, we decided to do the exact opposite and therefore allow the slope, the earth, the vegetation, water, and animals to flow underneath the house. We essentially lifted the house up into the air on a series of piloti which gives the impression that it is floating above the hillside. By doing this we saved the immense cost of creating soil retention walls around the site. This common sense solution allowed us to create a very delicate intervention, one that allows the terrain to breathe whilst providing spectacular views out towards the ocean from the key location on the site.

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Tags: Benjamin Garcia Saxe Architecture, Costa Rica, exterior, Flotanta House, interior, landscape, modern, nature, Puntarenas Canton

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