Costa Rica Treehouse in Santa Teresa

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Costa Rica Treehouse in Santa Teresa

Coastal Real Estate and Pool Project in Costa Rica, Central America – design by Olson Kundig, architects

18 Apr 2019

Costa Rica Treehouse

Architects: Olson Kundig

Location: Santa Teresa, Costa Rica

Costa Rica Treehouse in Santa Teresa

Costa Rica Treehouse is inspired by the jungle of this densely forested site on the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica. Built entirely of teak wood harvested on-site, the retreat engages with the jungle at each of its three levels: at the forest floor, the middle floor is nestled within the trees, and the top level rises above the tree canopy with views of the surf at nearby Playa Hermosa beach.

Costa Rica Treehouse in Santa Teresa

Costa Rica Treehouse in Santa Teresa

The clients are surfers as well as avid environmentalists, and this project reflects their deep commitment to sustainable land management in Costa Rica. Designed as an open-air surfer hut, the project engages the Costa Rican landscape in various ways, from the vegetation accessible just off the main floor, to the larger weather and surf patterns one can experience on the top level.

Costa Rica Treehouse in Santa Teresa

Costa Rica Treehouse in Santa Teresa

Designed to operate passively, the home is intended to breathe and remain open to the elements in this temperate semi-tropic environment.

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The top and bottom floors are completely open to the elements with a double-screen operable wood shutter system, allowing daylight and natural ventilation, but also privacy and security when the owners are away. Shading, a 3.5-kW photovoltaic array, and a rainwater collection system make the house’s compact footprint even lighter on the land.

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Costa Rica Treehouse in Santa Teresa Costa Rica Treehouse in Santa Teresa

Quotes:
“The project has an intentionally small footprint and is quite tall – this allowed us to maintain a light influence on the site while engaging with the natural landscape in different ways on all three levels of the house.” –Tom Kundig, FAIA, RIBA

“The project has a relatively light, natural footprint on the landscape, both in terms of the site itself, but also in using available local materials that are helping advance the next level of environmental stewardship in Costa Rica.” –Tom Kundig, FAIA, RIBA

“The house is intended to breathe and open to the climate as much as possible.” –Tom Kundig, FAIA, RIBA

Costa Rica Treehouse in Santa Teresa

Costa Rica Treehouse in Santa Teresa

Costa Rica Treehouse, Santa Teresa – Building Information

Architects: Olson Kundig

Project Size: 2,140 SF (not including decks which are 624 SF). Building footprint: 1,005 SF.

Project Team: Tom Kundig, FAIA, RIBA, Design Principal; Kevin Kudo-King, AIA, LEED® AP, Design Principal and Project Manager; Martina Bendel, Project Architect (approved by TK 1/15/19)

Costa Rica Treehouse in Santa Teresa

Costa Rica Treehouse in Santa Teresa

Photography: Nic Lehoux

Costa Rica Treehouse in Santa Teresa images/ information received 180419

Olson Kundig Architects

Location: Santa Teresa, Costa Rica




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