Studio Saxe La Maison Atrium living in harmony with the landscape
The Studio Saxonydirected by the architect Benjamin G. Saxony, has designed several homes in Costa Rica for the Andaluz brand. The residences, each different, are designed to offer residents new living experiences in harmony with nature. The integration into the natural context and the adoption of design strategies focused on energy saving and sustainability criteria are some of the common concepts respected by all the projects.
For The Atrium Houseas for the other residences, the architect Benjamin G. Saxony sought to achieve a high level of comfort while limiting energy consumption, thanks to the principles of bioclimatic design. The starting point was therefore the study and understanding of the natural phenomena of wind and sun, as well as the geological aspects of the region, in order to devise an appropriate design strategy to obtain maximum comfort with minimum energy expenditure.
The site chosen for the residential development is on a hill, overlooking the lush valley of the city of Nosara, a major tourist destination just four meters above sea level. Located in the middle of dense natural vegetation, The Atrium House, is in an extremely scenic location. He looks at the mountains on one side and the Pacific Ocean on the other.
As its name suggests, the distinctive element of the project is the large central atrium. In fact, the architect Benjamin G. Saxony designed the house as composed of distinct volumes, but united at all levels by the common full-height atrium that crosses it vertically. The presence of this large central space favors the passive cooling of all the rooms and contains the staircase that connects the different functions of the house.
The ground floor is used for social gatherings and is integrated with the outdoor areas of the pool, garden and barbecue area. On the other hand, a high level of privacy is ensured for the rooms distributed on the top floor, which rises above the treetops and establishes an intimate visual link with the panorama.
Images courtesy of Studio Saxe photos by Roberto D’Ambrosio
Project name: The Atrium House
Location: Nosara, Costa Rica
Area: approx. 756m2
Architects: Studio Saxe www.studiosaxe.com
Design Director: Benjamin G. Saxe
Structural engineer: Sotela Alfaro Ltda.
Electromechanical engineer: Dynamo Studio
Landscape: Vida Design Studio
Photography: Roberto D’Ambrosio