Charred Timber House frames views of the Pacific Ocean in Costa Rica. Studio Saxe was commissioned to design a family home perched on the hilltops of the town of Nosara Costa Rica, that would blend and hide within its natural surroundings whilst opening to the dramatic ocean and mountain views.
Two extended horizontal roof planes provide protection from the natural elements and create large terraces that bring the outside in. A tall vertical volume of circulation interrupts the rooflines and joins all parts of the dwelling. Dark and matte materials were taken as inspiration from the surrounding natural landscape to create a harmonious dialoguebetween the dwelling and the lush mountain it now belongs to.
Due to the constrained nature of the size of the site, Studio Saxe decided to create a house composed of two floors that in turn are staggered to break the mass of the dwelling. Living public spaces below are linked to private bedrooms above by a dramatic vertical core that provides the entrance of the home and a moment of intense connection to the framed views of the ocean. Softer interior spaces are juxtaposed to harsher textured exterior cladding of charred teak wood and black framed windows.
The construction method of this dwelling came directly from understanding the capability of the soil to hold weight and the seismic conditions that exist in Costa Rica. Together with engineers Studio Saxe decided to create a lightweight steel structure that would pre-cut off site and assembled quickly and efficiently on the site. Teak wood is a prevalent material in the area which is sustainably resourced, and thus the studio and the client wanted to explore the possibility of giving longevity to this natural material by exploring the ancient technique of charring it and finishing with special natural oils. This blend of ancient and new technologies creates an architecture that is both tropical and timeless.
Studio Saxe在每一个设计过程中都会先仔细分析现场的现象条件，然后探索如何将客户的梦想和舒适融入到自然环境中。生物气候设计创造了理想的技术设计过程，科学地理解风向模式、阳光照射、温度等诸多方面，然后在不使用主动能源措施的情况下，智能地塑造设计以适应这些条件。 项目利用太阳能来加热水，最大限度地减少能源消耗，并通过过滤器回收水，利用最先进的处理厂系统。这种设计清楚地体现了一种将高科技的设计与低科技的施工相结合的设计方法。
Studio Saxe begins every design process with a careful analysis of the phenomenological site conditions and then explores ways of integrating client dreams and comforts within the natural habitat. Bioclimatic Design creates the ideal technical design process to scientifically understand wind patterns, sun exposure, temperature, and many other aspects to then shape the design intelligently to adapt to these conditions without the use of active energy measures. The Tres Amores House uses the power of the sun to heat water, minimize energy consumption, as well as recycles water through filters, and utilizes state of the art treatment plant systems. This design is a clear reflection of an approach to design that combines high tech preemptive design with low tech construction methods.
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Project name: Tres Amores
Design Firm: Studio Saxe
Location: Nosara, Guanacaste, Costa Rica
Date of Completion: January2020
Client: TheSrebnick Family
Area: Approx.515 m2
Design Director: Benjamin G. Saxe
Structural Engineer: Sotela Alfaro Ltda.
Electromechanical Engineer: CIEM Elecromecanica
Photographer: Andres Garcia Lachner