Casa Kiké

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.

Costa Rica
2005–2007
Sector: Residential
Client: Private Client
Project Status: Completed
Budget: £55000

Awards

Lubetkin Prize 2008, Winner
RIBA Award 2008, Winner
RIBA International Award 2008, Winner
Chicago Atheneum International Architecture Award 2008, Winner
IstructE Structural Award Community and Residential Structure 2008, Winner
World Architecture Festival 2008, Shortlisted
AIA (UK) Excellence in Design Award 2009, Winner
AR House Award 2010, Runner-up

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

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.


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