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Joya Villas Maleku, Sustainable Architecture in Costa Rica

Joya Villas Maleku - Sustainable architecture in Costa Rica

Project: Joya Villas Maleku
Architects: Studio Saxe Architecture
Design Director: Benjamin Garcia Saxe
Project Team: Cesar Coto, Rogelio Quesada, Laura Morelli
Structural Engineer: Sotela Alfaro Ltda.
Electromechanical Engineer: Dynamo Studio
Landscape: Vida Landscape
Builder: Dante Medri
Location: Santa Teresa, Costa Rica
Date of Completion: 2018
Area: 961 m2
Photography: Andres Garcia Lachner

Steel and wood frames diffuse inside-out boundaries in Costa Rica surf town. Set in the rainforest of Santa Teresa, Costa Rica, two modern homes project out of the landscape and are defined by a series of steel frames that bring the best modern methods of construction to a tropical location. The use of large steel I-beams and concrete is a tenet of the international language of Modernist architecture and Studio Saxe have taken this design approach and recontextualised it for contemporary use. As a sustainable architecture firm rooted in Costa Rica, Studio Saxe is committed to a search for authentic Central American tropical architecture.

Joya Villas Maleku - Sustainable architecture in Costa Rica

Concept
The raw materials of steel and concrete are balanced with the careful use of crafted wooden screens and floors, to ensure the design of these rental properties is rooted in local traditions and building techniques. The black metal frames create cantilevered openings that hover over the social spaces below, creating a blurred distinction between inside and outside areas and between private and more communal atmospheres.

Joya Villas Maleku - Sustainable architecture in Costa Rica

Design
Large openings on every level of the Joya Villas make the building seem lightweight and they connect the inhabitants to the surrounding natural environment. A delicate timber staircase appears to float from one floor to the other, suspended by the finest steel cables. The town of Santa Teresa on the pacific coast of Costa Rica has become a multicultural hub, renowned for its large waves and untouched nature. Joya Villas is situated on a hilltop, with its main terrace directly overlooking one of the best surfing breaks in the region. People have rented the homes can enjoy the views of the best swells from the comfort of their infinity pool or simply walk down to the beach to enjoy.

Joya Villas Maleku - Sustainable architecture in Costa Rica

Architect Benjamin Garcia Saxe said: “Joya Villas is a clear reflection of a new wave of contextual contemporary tropical architecture that is born from and adapts to its precise location, land contours, and climate. These ingredients are then brought to life through the careful balance of modern building techniques and touches of handcrafted natural materials. Everything we do at Studio Saxe is focused on trying to enhance the experience of the natural in the inhabitant of spaces and perhaps even create moments of relaxation and reflection. This train of thought and the architecture that is emerging could begin to be considered as the birth of an authentic Central American Tropical Architecture.”

Joya Villas Maleku - Sustainable architecture in Costa Rica

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Sustainable Architecture in Costa Rica

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Joya Villas Maleku - Sustainable architecture in Costa Rica

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Sustainable Architecture in Costa Rica

Joya Villas Maleku - Sustainable architecture in Costa Rica

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