K House from Data Zero
The K House is a lovely modern residence at one point in the Nosara Mountains in Costa Rica. The location has a great view of the Pacific and Zero zero You can make the most of it with large open spaces and lots of glass to let in sunlight.
The K House is a residence in the mountains of Nosara, Guanacaste, Costa Rica with great views of the Pacific.
We were hired by a very interesting client, a young lawyer from San Francisco, California with a passion for surfing who brought him to Playa Guiones. The project had a difficult area, a modest budget and a client who was passionate about architecture, definitely a challenge for us.
We designed the K-house around three buildings. The first premise is a contextual answer: the house is attached to a concrete base at one end, and the other end is arranged as a hanging horizontal bar with lean steel pillars in the middle of the forest. Falls are over 5 feet. This allows the house to disappear between the treetops with its open terraces, wide openings and wide eaves connected to the canopy of the trees, living and blending into the landscape. The concrete base acts as the fulcrum of a slender vertical tower that contains a series of meditation areas connected by a staircase to the upper terrace to enjoy the majestic view of Playa Guiones in the Pacific. From this platform, the customer can check the surf in the morning before starting their daily surfing.
The second requirement was adaptability. We wanted to design a house with a dense pile of trees on top of a steep hill where it is very important that the house conforms easily and blends in well and honestly with the surroundings and location. Strong climatic changes between wet and rainy October and dry and dusty March. This premise led us to design the home as a respirator, a home that filters sun, wind, air and even the view, a careful selection of local materials that allow us to reinterpret local rural architecture in modern terms. Teak panels with a screen inside were designed for the cladding systems to allow the house to breathe through the walls and keep bugs out. Large openings that open into interiors and terraces create a continuous relationship between the inside and the outside of the house. The only area that touches the floor of the house is the master bedroom on the lower floor of the concrete floor. This band carries the sealed "Zen Tower", which is covered with oxidized steel sheets. This materiality conveys an almost religious feeling of permanence; seemingly ancient, forgotten, used, simple, great space for meditation.
The third premise is honesty. An honesty that results from his modest budget without acrobatics. The house is built on a 5 x 5 meter modular steel system clad with teak panels, plywood ceilings and prefabricated trusses. All the elements are put together to think of what we consider to be a modern beach house in Costa Rica.
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