In the small town of La Garita, Costa Rica, this house for a young couple is influenced by the building traditions of this old town and its strong relationship with its rural and natural surroundings.
Designed by arkosis, the house can be seen as an extension of the shade trees that border the ravine, which also defines the limit of the terrain. Stones, reeds, and a small bridge are included as well and associated with the bodies of water in the surrounding region.
Ornamental clay bricks that appear in the traditional houses of the region are employed to create a neutral façade linked to the local infrastructure. The wall is used to mitigate the elongated orientation to the east, a non-negotiable condition because of the geometry of the site. The wall is separated from the house to create a mattress of air and water in between, which is fed by rainwater collectors.
The interior house is generous as it provides quality space with materials that are economic, locally sourced and can be simply assembled according to vernacular building traditions. This includes polished concrete floors, doors of plywood made on-site, ceilings clad with pine plywood sheets and a galvanized steel roof by Metalco.