He put in the sun’s motion, wind directions and the desired view when he designed the project.
A building where you can still retreat may be a lot of dreams. Some realize the dream and build a temple of contemplation, or just a home office.
In Costa Rica, the London-based architectural office Gianni Botsford Architects has designed a writing room for an author. The building consists of two units; the main part is the writer’s workroom and a smaller part that houses necessities like bedroom and bathroom.
It’s all set up on a logs structure that lifts the writing room up from the ground, as is common in this Middle American country.
The substructure, with its intricate logging system, is not only a solid foundation for the writing room, but the construction also has aesthetic qualities. It lets the whole building slip into the woods around.
And from the sea below, a cool breeze flows through the glass doors into the façade and fills the buildings with ease.
They are so placed in relation to each other that both benefit from the swift sea breeze flowing inland.
– It was a dream assignment to be allowed to design such a place. Create a contemporary project with clear lines and modern aesthetics, while being aware of local traditions and material usage, Gianni Botsford tells the click. no.
Place for a bookkeeper
In this glass box, the children keep
The place is simply decorated, which includes avocado, mango and cashew trees.
When you enter the main building, you understand what it is all about. This is a place for an author and his books.
Near the center of the room is a piano and along the one side is the author’s writing desk.
The walls are filled with several thousand books.
A room for the intellect. And the contemplation.
The two building bodies have both got their distinctive appearance. They have trapezoidal shells, with the ceilings continuing down on two of the sides. On the other two sides there are large glass facades with sliding doors, which are common at these latitudes.
Snowy roof had a brilliant idea to get light into the old boathouse
The trapezoidal form is deliberately used to create optimal conditions for ventilation, solar deposits and visibility. But also to limit access from surrounding buildings.
From the distance, the ends of the two buildings can be perceived as book backs.
Sun, wind and view steered the location
The architect says that until today much of the architecture in the Caribbean is copied from California and the Spanish culture.
Gianni Botsford Architects, however, wanted to put his trademark on construction, using the latest in technical aids.
Here the kids can slide between the floors
Among other things, software has been used where the architect has entered the sun’s motion, prevailing wind directions and desired viewing angles. Out in the other end there has been an optimal location of the buildings.
In addition to these conditions, it was a premise of the author that not a tree should be moved.
The entire building is over 200 m2 with the two living spaces and passages in between them. The main building puts an impression of just over 70 m2, while the main unit has an area of just over 30 m2.
All the wood materials used are from local suppliers, and with the project, Botsford wanted to revitalize the local building culture and heritage.
– But by joining this with modern design techniques, we have created an ecological architecture that imposes a print that minimizes its surroundings, explains Botsford.
The owners should just regain the bathroom.
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