We recently received photos and information about a highly modern project, defined by an optimum indoor-outdoor connection. Andrés Serpa designed this tropical home in Playa Grande, Costa Rica located just by Las Baulas Marine National Park. The residence was conceived as a place allowing inhabitants to enjoy the outdoors and natural environment. A sustainable home was built by following traditional construction methods, by utilizing local construction materials and by realizing the huge need to preserve the nature around.
A combination between concrete and Wood really maximized sophistication and simplicity in a single space. The core of the house is the semi covered space with easy access to pool, in which one can enjoy nature, tropical weather and monkeys passing by. In this space, worldly cares can be forgotten and the human spirit is granted the freedom to dream. The Orizon house symbolizes humanity and nature co-existing peacefully. [Photos and information provided via e-mail by Andrés Serpa]
An example of a huge success is Heneghan Peng Architects’ Giant’s Causeway Visitors’ Centre in Antrim, Northern Ireland. Using the large difference in level across the site, the architects created two folds in the landscape. Bold, but not conflicting with the rather bleak natural environment, these folds draw all the man-made areas together and create one fitting man-made break in the natural landscape. In the words of the architects themselves, There is no longer a building and a landscape, but building becomes landscape and the landscape itself remains spectacular and iconic
The best architects can create designs which will give clients and the public things they didn’t even realise they wanted, and this is especially important when architects are given the difficult brief of creating structures in much-loved, iconic areas.