Studio Saxe transforms Costa Rican lodge into The Gilded Iguana surf resort

Costa Rican architecture firm Studio Saxe has expanded an existing residence with hotel rooms and a pool to create a new resort in the beach town of Nosara. The lush property, now known as The Gilded Iguana, began with a single house built in 1988. San Jose-based Studio Saxe added a new 30-room hotel building, along with

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Staggered pavilions form holiday resort on lush hill in Costa Rican surf town

Architecture firm Studio Saxe has stepped a series of pavilion-like guest rooms down a slope facing the Pacific Ocean, creating a hotel in a Costa Rican beach town. Mint Santa Teresa is located in Santa Teresa – a small coastal town in Costa Rica’s Puntarenas Province that is a popular spot for surfers and yoga retreats. The hotel’s Swedish

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Studio Saxe creates contemporary villa in Costa Rican rainforest

San Jose-based architecture firm Studio Saxe has built a house in Costa Rica with an indoor-outdoor great room and cantilevered porches upstairs that overlook dense tropical foliage. Located in the town of Santa Teresa, Joya Villa measures 10,300 square feet (960 square metres) across two storeys, with a white lower level and timber details above. Black

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Studio Saxe surrounds Costa Rican yoga retreat with jungle planting

San José-based practice Studio Saxe has designed this hotel in Costa Rica so that guests can perform yoga flows or rigorous boxing workouts in a studio surrounded by lush vegetation. Hotel Nalu-Nosara is located in Nosara – a beach town on the northern coast of Costa Rica’s Nicoya Peninsula village – which has become a popular destination for health, wellness and

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Outdoor terrace divides two sides of zinc and concrete home in Costa Rica

Two volumes, one made from zinc and one from concrete, are separated by a glazed walkway and terrace in this Costa Rican house by MG Design Studio. The San Jose-based architects split the two sections of the house – each with inward-sloping, mono-pitched roofs – into social and private areas. One contains an open-plan kitchen, living and dining room, while the

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Five of the best houses in Costa Rica on Dezeen

Costa Rica is slowly gaining recognition for its contemporary architecture, so here are five residential projects that demonstrate the small Central American country’s particular style of tropical modernism. Casa Flotanta by Benjamin Garcia Saxe Architecture A series of pillars raise the interconnected rooms of this house by Benjamin Garcia Saxe Architecture above the tree tops

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Grove of trees shades hillside Costa Rican house by Carazo Arquitectura

Costa Rica studio Carazo Arquitectura has completed a concrete residence that sprawls across the summit of a hill and steps down the slope into a canopy of vegetation. The Murray Music House is situated in the small Costa Rican city of Heredia, which forms part of the capital San Jose’s greater metropolitan area. The clients

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Steel and glass Costa Rican home by Cañas Arquitectos projects towards views of San Jose

Extensive glazing across this house in Costa Rica by local firm Cañas Arquitectos provides vistas of the verdant landscape by day and the twinkling city below at night. The property, named Estancia y Ficus, is situated on the crest of a hill overlooking Costa Rican capital San Jose. The site features a tropical, cultivated tree

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Movable wooden walls front Benjamin Garcia Saxe’s Ocean Eye House

Wooden walls can be folded back from the front of this house on Costa Rica’s coastline, opening up ocean views for the bedrooms and living spaces within (+ slideshow). 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 More

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Costa Rica residence by Obra Architects boasts indoor and outdoor rooms

A folded roof shelters a pathway between the indoor and outdoor rooms that form this holiday home in Costa Rica by Obra Architects (+ slideshow). Located on the Osa Peninsula in the country’s southwestern corner, the vacation residence was designed by international studio Obra Architects for an American doctor. It sits on a hillside of a former mango farm and […]
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