Ocean Eye

Our client bought a beautiful property with two breath-taking views: towards the ocean and into the jungle. We decided to rest the house against the back of the steep hill of the site in order to stabilize the soil and protect the house from falling debris.

Ocean Eye - Courtesy of benjamin garcia saxe - Photographs : andres garcia lachner

Ocean Eye – Courtesy of benjamin garcia saxe – Photographs : andres garcia lachner

The house then transitions from a more solid and intimate construction at the back that holds bedrooms and bathrooms, towards a light-weight and ephemeral structure that points to the visual collapse of the ocean and jungle views.

Ocean Eye - Courtesy of benjamin garcia saxe - Photographs : andres garcia lachner

Ocean Eye – Courtesy of benjamin garcia saxe – Photographs : andres garcia lachner

The result is a series of interwoven terraces that relate to each other in all dimensions creating not only an internal dynamic interaction between levels but also varied and sometimes unexpected relationships between the inhabitants and the natural landscape.

Ocean Eye - Courtesy of benjamin garcia saxe - Photographs : andres garcia lachner

Ocean Eye – Courtesy of benjamin garcia saxe – Photographs : andres garcia lachner

In these interstitial terrace spaces, which are never truly inside or out, architecture comes to foster the relationship, enjoyment, and appreciation of the natural world by the inhabitants.

Ocean Eye - Courtesy of benjamin garcia saxe - Photographs : andres garcia lachner

Ocean Eye – Courtesy of benjamin garcia saxe – Photographs : andres garcia lachner

Project Info
Architects : benjamin garcia saxe
Location : Puntarenas, Costa Rica
Design Director : Benjamin Garcia Saxe
Project Coordinator : Laura Morelli
Design Team : Cesar Coto, Rogelio Quesada, Alejandro Gonzalez, Maribel Mora
Construction Documentation : Roger Navarro
Client : Private family home
Date of Completion : May 2016
Area : Aprox. 350 m2
Type : Residential
Photographs : andres garcia lachner

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