A few months ago Gianni Botsford spotted this house ‘ Casa Kiké ‘ with an amazing private library in Domus magazine, on an issue dedicated to contemporary libraries. It has a very detalied wood work. I love the bookshelves between the structure.

Courtesy of Gianni Botsford – Photographs : Christian Richters

By coupling indigenous techniques and materials with modern design technologies and aesthetics GBA has created this intimate double pavilion for a writer in Costa Rica.

Courtesy of Gianni Botsford – Photographs : Christian Richters

A main studio space, with library, writing desk and grand piano, is the writer’s daytime space. The pavilion’s wooden structure, sourced from local timber, sits on a simple foundation of wooden stilts on small concrete pad foundations. Roof beams of up to 10 m long and 355 mm deep allow for an interior with no vertical columns.

Courtesy of Gianni Botsford – Photographs : Christian Richters

Courtesy of Gianni Botsford – Photographs : Christian Richters

The mono-pitched roof elevates towards the sea shore, while the interior is through ventilated via a completely louvred glazed end façade.

Courtesy of Gianni Botsford – Photographs : Christian Richters

Set at a short distance along a raised walkway, a second smaller pavilion mirrors the first. This contains sleeping quarters and a bathroom. Externally, the pavilions are clad in corrugated steel sheeting, another locally used construction material. The overall effect is that of a building which blends with its surroundings, both visually and environmentally.

Courtesy of Gianni Botsford – Photographs : Christian Richters

Project Info :

Architects : Gianni Botsford 
photographs : Christian Richters
Budget : UK £55,000 (US $108,971)
Contractor : Lechenne Construction
Structural Engineers : Tall Engineers
Project Location : Cahuita, Costa Rica 

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