One House Shines Above the Rest... in Costa rica


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Categories: Tiny House

Mrs. V. (the owner and a tireless cook) needed a house that could be built with her retirement savings (which resulted in $ 400 per sq. m.) and that could accommodate her strong personality and the mementos of her life without worrying about asking for the architect's opinion to make use of the architecture as she pleases. 

The house is located in a hamlet where no other architect has worked before, surrounded by informal constructions such as old traditional houses, milking parlors, warehouses and cattle pens , and the fragile ones that emerge and disappear without a trace like the tents vendors use to sell fruits on the roadside. 

The naiveté associated to these constructions is what sets them apart from the architect's attention and seems to be lost forever in academia, that is why it is difficult to achieve  effects of "poor" architecture such as the light the filters through the crevices in wooden walls, the  dust and smoke particles suspended in the air trapped within its limits, the half-light caused by old wood and the absolute control that shutters provide as opposed to extensive glass and overwhelming light. 

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