Villa Akoya by Studio Saxe
Villa Akoya is a lovely modern residence on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica, more precisely in Puntarenas. This single story residence is 3,250 square feet of beautifully decorated living space rolled into one Coastal style Bring in light and open up to enchanting views. Designed by Studio Saxe, a studio in which we present his work Courtyard house In Nosara.
Large terraces catch the wind and wave off the Pacific coast of Costa Rica. Nestled between idyllic white sand beaches and coconut groves, this humble beach house was designed to give residents not only a visual, but also a genuine connection with the sand and water that it belongs to.
Horizontal roof levels create large indoor and outdoor areas that seamlessly integrate and distribute the perception of the house into the surrounding natural environment. Lightness and materiality are used to create a sense of openness and spaciousness that permeates the residents.
The house was raised from the ground with 3 steps so that the residents could see the waves and the beach more directly. This subtle movement also helped create a sense of levitation over the landscape and protection. The house was then divided into 4 horizontal roof levels, 3 for each bedroom and 1 for the main living area. This architectural strategy allows each room to feel that the roof belongs to that particular location, while tracing the edges of the house and creating an opportunity for cross ventilation between rooms. Controlled natural light can then penetrate 3 sides of each room, making you feel more integrated into the surrounding landscape.
Traditional cinder block construction has been used in the main walls of the house for ease of maintenance and durability. Light wooden roofs float on these walls and form large strip extensions that protect the building from the elements and at the same time create an outdoor terrace.
At Studio Saxe, we believe that smart design should arrive before technology when creating a project. We use bioclimatic common sense strategies to control temperature to create areas that use less energy and convey an overall sense of wellbeing. The "raised" roofline over the walls of the house provides an excellent opportunity for cross ventilation and controlled daylight. Long overhangs cool the rooms during the day and protect them from sun and rain. Active strategies such as solar hot water, water use, energy efficient systems, and others were later introduced to aid the project's passive cooling design.
– –Studio Saxe