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Costa Rica’s House of the Future; Casa Altamira

Costa Rica News – As I went through the pictures of this incredible house and saw it’s architecture, I kept thinking to myself that this is not in Manhattan it is here in Costa Rica. Flip through the pictures below and you will see why I think this house is futuristic.

Spanish architect Joan Puigcorbe of paas arquitectura has traveled across the globe to complete the ‘casa altamira’ nestled on a vibrantly green hill in Ciudad Colon, Costa Rica. The unique floor plan consists of layered tapered wings jutting out onto the site, each with it’s own unique view, each converging into a common hallway that leads to a large living area/outdoor patio.

The walls are cast in concrete and clad in local volcanic stone on both the interior and exterior. Utilizing a monochromatic color scheme, the inside is marked its cavernous ambiance illuminated by strips of bright led lights.

Individual bedrooms stem from the central angular corridor bringing the user in contact with the exterior through a large curtain wall. The swimming pool begins at the covered terrace and projects out through a sudden grade drop.

Along the south, a series of steps are carved out of the hillside to make an amphitheater-like space shaded by a large tree.

In the architect’s words:

‘We propose a journey, without scarcely moving, where space folds and multiplies.
A trip across a bioclimatic architecture which looks to the immediate environment, with multiple possibilities.
A trip across matter and its absence.
A trip across light, and its variations.
A trip across the sounds, and of the silence.’

From www.designboom.com – Edited by Dan Stevens

image © rodrigo montoya / joan puigcorbé
all images courtesy of joan puigcorbé

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