This project is LEED certified GOLD and utilizes some of the most energy efficient innovative systems in all of Latin America.
Renewable energy from solar power produces 275 Kw of energy representing 20%-50% of the total building load. The 500 Kw battery back up system reduces demand charges and ensures clean emergency power in case of black outs thereby protecting valuable production of Establishment Labs products.
Ice banks freeze water at night and thaws during the day creating chilled water for use in the chilled beam system cooling the entire building through radiant energy, cutting energy usage.
The use of sustainable materials such as cork flooring, stained concrete flooring and reuse of rain water for bathrooms sets this project apart from any other in Latin America.
I am proud to have been chosen to be the designer and project manager for this amazing company and their project.
Peninsula Papagayo 633
Peninsula Papagayo 634
This estate on lot 634 in the exclusive Peninsula papagayo development takes advantage of its best asset; the views. The great room consisting of the kitchen, dining and living room sits adjacent to the large pool deck that overlooks the Pacific ocean beyond.
Afternoon tradewinds sweep through the house creating a pleasant comfortable place to be without the use of air conditioning.
State of the art appliances, hardware, door and window sytems lend to the high quality feeling of this large high-end home.
in design, attention to detail and proper site orientation bring the elements
unassuming entrance opens to the ocean beyond, breezes and light fill the
slide away fully opening the façade generating the feeling of being outside
saltwater pool marks the width of the living area and draws the vision to the
waves arriving on the sand.
Local materials were chosen to minimize impact such as handpicked stone to veneer the interior living room walls and regional hardwood for exposed roof structure. A water treatment plant keeps waste to a minimum and the open layout of the home reduces the need for air conditioning throughout the day.
mention in the Holcim Sustainable Villages competition for Latin America.
be flexible, to sit lightly, to invite and to hold.
concept with this design is dramatically different than most are accustomed to.
All spaces are interior except for the one we spend so much time in, the living
area. It is a transition between inactive and active interior spaces and is
completely outdoor without walls.
The outdoor living area is a space defined by gathering and sharing.
It is a place to sit outside protected from the tropical rain and on hot days to feel the Guanacaste breeze.
This home is located within Los Suenos Marina and Resort. It is part of a collection of high end homes that overlook the Marina and the Pacific Ocean beyond.
The home boasts 5 bedrooms, 4 bothrooms, maid quarters and a separate guest house. A large salwater pool rests between the guest house and the main terrace and welcomes all to rest and enjoy the views below.
All the latest technologies are utilized along with the use of a building system called Covintec whose thermal performance is excellent in maintaining interior comfort while using minimal energy to do so.
for this home follows a similar pattern we like to call “environmentally
The idea is to invite fresh air and light into our spaces and
environments by stripping away boundaries such as walls and allowing ourselves
to inhabit areas that are traditionally closed in.
The tropics allow us to do
this, to change our concept of inhabiting a home or built space. This home also
tends to rest lightly upon the ground allowing vegetation to grow in its
footprint and encouraging passive cooling.
place where spider and congo monkeys appear out of the vegetation to visit your
residence on a daily basis, where the siting of Toucan’s and Scarlet Macaws is
commonplace. That is the environment this home fits into.
characteristics molded our ideas for what could be built. Instead of forcing
the home onto the land we accommodated the home to its site by designing in
layers and gently curving the floor plan to fit in between landmark trees and
opening to the Pacific coast, afternoon onshore breezes fill this home with
fresh air and the smell of salt water beyond.
coordination and construction administration services were the scope for this
large scale condo/hotel located in the heart of Manuel Antonio.
One of the
largest condo/hotel projects in Costa Rica under construction during 2010.
Project status: On hold for the time being.
A simple, efficient and affordable home...
The concept of this house revolved around the need for privacy, so we turned our back on the street, focusing instead on an amazing tree in the backyard. We decided the first thing you should see as you walk through the front door was this tree. Opaque to the street and transparent to the tree and gardens.
We don't just design and delegate, we also build with our own hands.
Selecting materials for their beauty and sustainability. Finding forms based on client need or for our own desire.
Baltic Birch blondie storage unit
Barn sink made with reclaimed tropical almond wood from an old saw mill in Heredia, Costa Rica
Bucher table - top made with salvaged bamboo flooring (glued up) and a heavy base using leftovers from a teak plantation
Honorable mention - International furniture fair as published in Metropolis magazine
Bent plane furniture prototype
The various master plans shown vary in size and complexity; from 2 acres to 750 acres.
We have designed master plans for residential communities, while the major portion are mixed use communities focusing on either health and living or commerce and residences.
The master plans are developed for sales and marketing and then for permitting including all the details that go into constructing all aspects of the planned development.
The work is extensive and requires a great many professionals to be successful.
Our team of civil engineers, environmental engineers and permitting experts have made our projects successful and our client base vey pleased.