Project: Hamann House (Villa Cascadas)
Architects: INTRIBE Architects
Location: Osa, Puntarenas, Costa Rica
Area: 3,229 sq ft
Photographs by: Courtesy of INTRIBE Architects
Hamann House by INTRIBE Architects
INTRIBE Architects have designed the Hamann House between the hills and lovely beaches of Costa Rica’s southern part, the province of Puntarenas. Unlike the rest of the villas built by foreigners in the area, the Hamann House (otherwise known as Villa Cascadas on Airbnb) was not designed to emulate the “Spanish style” that has nothing to do with the natural context of the region. This house was designed as a modern dwelling that respects the tropical environment and provides a strong connection to its surroundings, further enhanced by the stunning sea views.
Between the hills and beaches of the southern part of Costa Rica, Hamann House rises (also known as Villa Cascadas), immersed in the natural world that characterizes this region.
The houses that foreigners usually build on this zone are mostly “Spanish style” or “neoclassical”, that nothing has to do with the natural and climatic context of this area, so don’t work correctly in terms of comfort. Fortunately we were able to design a modern project that also respects the tropical characteristics of this zone.
The house was designed from a continuous axis that connects the access to the property with the main visual, fed by the splendid view towards the sea, the mangroves and the mountain.
Its design was assisted by strategies that maximize its operation while promoting the saving of resources and energy. Therefore, cross ventilation and natural light are a constant, in addition, the implementation of solar panels and drinking water storage system. Among other characteristics, we can mention its prominent height, which gives the spaces of greater comfort and freshness because the house is located in a warm-humid region, so the rapid expulsion of the hot air must be guaranteed.
The terrace floor is made up of non-slip porcelain tile and the lining of the side walls in stone.
The wood used in the construction, from the pergola to the furniture and the ceiling, is cedar and guapinol duly cured. The majority of its high enclosures are made up of petatillo (a wooden mesh) next to mosquito mesh; this last is also located in each door and window as secondary panel, so when opened they have the option of keeping the space protected from insects while being kept ventilated.
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