Casa Flotanta by Benjamin Garcia Saxe Architecture

By Magaly • 11 mins ago

Casa Flotanta is a stunning residence located in the magnificent Puntarenas Canton, Costa Rica.

It was developed by Benjamin Garcia Saxe Architecture and finished in 2013.


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Casa Flotanta by Benjamin Garcia Saxe Architecture:

“The Gooden-Nahome loved ones wished to produce their family home on the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica and located an amazing web site overlooking the ocean. The largest constraint we encountered was that the internet site was predominantly on a quite steep slope, and the view of the ocean was captured only at the mid-upper portion of the site. We saw this not as a damaging facet but rather saw an possibility of exploring collectively an architecture that was appropriate for this type of problems. Collectively we explored choices of creating big retaining walls and cutting back the soil in order to spot the home, a approach used by most houses all around the region.

In the long run, we determined to do the precise OPPOSITE and actually let the slope, the earth, the vegetation, water, and animals to flow beneath the residence. We then floated the property up in the air and by carrying out this we managed to save on the immense value of producing soil retention walls close to the website. This virtually frequent sense and apparent determination designed a extremely light touch intervention that enables the terrain to breathe while offering a spectacular view to the ocean from the essential place on the web site.

The residence is produced out of modules that are repetitive and linked by flying bridges that hover above the landscape. As the property had to be constructed on a steep slope, numerous of the pieces were prefabricated and craned up to place. We not only standardized a repetition of living modules which can carry on to increase and be added in time, but also developed a repetition of the main structural aspects in order to ease the time and work of development. The result is that of a residence that floats above the earth, permits for its organic environment to carry on to develop and change, and captures an astounding ocean view. For us it is a fantastic pleasure to know that with common sense, creativity, and clever engineering, we managed to generate a special property in a seemingly unattainable place.”

Photographs courtesy of Benjamin Garcia Saxe Architecture

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