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Movable wooden walls front Benjamin Garcia Saxe's Ocean Eye


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Alyn Griffiths | 19 August 2016 | Leave a comment


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Wooden walls can be folded back from the front of this house on Costa Rica's coastline, Most Most
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The Ocean Eye House was designed by San José-based architect Benjamin Garcia Saxe
for a family that purchased a site on the western edge of the Nicoya peninsula, facing
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Slatted marble walls shade Casa


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The interior is designed as a series of interlinked terraces that provide different views
of the landscape as residents move around the house.

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Folding screens used to separate rooms from the terraces can be opened up
completely to enhance the connection between the house's two levels.

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"We feel that sometimes contemporary tropical design is either too clinical, too rustic, Sign me up!
or simply unoriginal and bucolic," Garcia Saxe told Dezeen.

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features moving walls controlled
by a smart TV

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But as the house extends away from the hillside, the spaces transition into more open
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"The project has an interesting balance between natural and modern materials, as well
as a spatial configuration that is never really inside or out," Garcia Saxe told Dezeen.

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On the ground floor, an open-plan kitchen and dining space extends out onto a
poolside terrace.
Concrete is used for the flooring of this functional space, as well as for worktops and a
kitchen island.

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A staircase positioned above a stone-filled opening in the floor ascends to a decked


area that connects the bedrooms on the upper storey.
The decking also provides a perfect spot from which to take in the ocean views and
evening sunsets.

A projecting roof clad with wood on its underside shelters the rooms and provides a
unifying feature that connects all of the spaces.
Transparent polycarbonate tops a light well that extends through the first floor to the
dining area below.

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Garcia Saxe's previous projects in Costa Rica include a house raised above a forest
floor on stilts.
Photography is by Andres Garcia Lachner.
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