A breathtaking concrete villa rises above the rainforest canopy in Puntarenas, Costa Rica. Designed by Czech studios
The architects drew inspiration from the lush jungle surrounds and from the work of Brazilian architect Paulo Mendez da Rocha who was renowned for his brutalist style.
The monolithic concrete building is spread over two levels with the living areas, kitchen, dining, five bedrooms and access to the swimming pool on the top level, and a gym, playroom and other utilities on the lower level. The home evokes a sense of composure, calm and quirkiness with interesting art and furniture dispersed throughout. As one enters the foyer they are greeted by a large black and white light feature that sits above a solemn, circular shallow pool that reflects the rippled pattern across the surface of the water.
Emphasizing horizontality, two robust concrete slabs form the flat roof and terrace which wraps around the building. An infinity pool encased in concrete protrudes from the house extending over the sloping site. The pool and spacious outdoor terrace look onto incredible views of the Pacific Ocean.
The architecture and interiors are tastefully restrained to enhance the experience of nature.
According to the architects, “the concrete walls are deliberately left raw, complementing the interior components, selected materials, water, and greenery – altogether creating an unusual environment, both rough and luxurious.”
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