Santiago Hills Villa Santa Teresa Costa Rica, Luxury Jungle Home, Building, Residence Photos

Santiago Hills Villa Santa Teresa

19 June 2020

Santiago Hills Villa in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica

Architects: Studio Saxe

Location: Santa Teresa, Costa Rica

Santiago Hills Villa in Santa Teresa Costa Rica

Santiago Hills Villa Santa Teresa

This stunning wing-like roofline houses a dramatic white villa in the Costa Rica jungle.

Santiago Hills Villa in Santa Teresa Costa Rica

Studio Saxe was commissioned to design a villa on the hill tops of Santiago in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica.

Santiago Hills Villa in Santa Teresa Costa Rica

The primary objective was not only to provide dwellers with a connection with its jungle surroundings, but also generate an intimate relationship with an amazing view of the shoreline which brings its dwellers back to a more profound appreciation of the natural world.

Santiago Hills Villa in Santa Teresa Costa Rica

Concept

Studio Saxe decided to create a large roof that would house within a series of bedrooms and living spaces that would all be turned sideways in order to face the prominent views.

Santiago Hills Villa in Santa Teresa Costa Rica

Interstitial spaces within the living volumes create gaps that enhance a deeper connection to the natural surroundings whilst moving about the dwelling.

Santiago Hills Villa in Santa Teresa Costa Rica

Design

Every space in the home has been angled to view the ocean, and this twist creates a geometric relationship between the roofline and the spaces that became the primary element of design that both addresses the need for large overhangs (for climate control and comfort) but also generates a literal connection between the view and every space.

Santiago Hills Villa in Santa Teresa Costa Rica

This white house in the jungle acts a canvas so that morning and sunset light reflect on its surfaces creating an array of colors that vary throughout the day.

Santiago Hills Villa Santa Teresa Costa Rica luxury jungle home

The angled surfaces also allow for the reflection of shadows and the textures of nature to play within the interstitial spaces that exist between the living spaces.

Santiago Hills Villa Santa Teresa Costa Rica luxury jungle home

Construction

Due to the remoteness of the location and difficult access, Studio Saxe decided to create a light steel frame that could be prefabricated off site, brought, and assembled in a fast and effective way.

Santiago Hills Villa Santa Teresa Costa Rica luxury jungle home

This not only ensured the quality of the construction in a very remote location, but it also allowed the process of construction to be very light touch and the intervention on the site to be very minimal.

Santiago Hills Villa Santa Teresa Costa Rica luxury jungle home

This is achieved whilst creating the sensation of large open spaces that bring the view in and at the same time are protected by a large roof held by steel “I” beams.

Santiago Hills Villa Santa Teresa Costa Rica luxury jungle home

Sustainability

At Studio Saxe we believe that proper design with nature should be the first focus of sustainability and thus, this villa has been oriented properly to take advantage of predominant winds for cooling.

Santiago Hills Villa Santa Teresa Costa Rica luxury jungle home

Also, long overhangs protect from the sun and the rain in the most critical parts of the day creating comfort without the use of energy.

Santiago Hills Villa Santa Teresa Costa Rica luxury jungle home

A light touch construction method meant that the impact on the site was minimal during the implementation of the villa and the extended roofline also serves as a means to collect water and energy generation.

Santiago Hills Villa Santa Teresa Costa Rica luxury jungle home

Santiago Hills Villa in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica – Building Information

Architects: Studio Saxe
Location: Santiago, Puntarenas, Costa Rica
Date of completion: January 2020
Client: Partners of Santiago Hills Villa
Area: Approx. 400 m2

Santiago Hills Villa building design

Santiago Hills Villa in Santa Teresa by Studio Saxe

Santiago Hills Villa in Santa Teresa by architects Studio Saxe

Design Director: Benjamin G. Saxe
Builder: Sebastian Patenaude
Structural Engineer: Guidi Estructurales
Electromechanical Engineer: CIEM

Santiago Hills Villa Santa Teresa Costa Rica luxury jungle home

Photography: Andres Garcia Lachner

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Location: Santa Teresa, Costa Rica

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