A series of small living units set on an idyllic five acres of remote Costa Rican rainforest, this modern bed and breakfast blurs the distinction between inside and out. Comfortable year around temperatures allow outdoor dining and living spaces and reduce the enclosed, conditioned areas. The minimal material palette of glass, steel and masonry provide privacy and also unobstructed views to the forest beyond. A plunge pool overlooks the forest beyond.
Location: Costa Rica Year: 2017
Located on a rural site in Costa Rica overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the Lagunas Residence represents modern design adapted to traditional sustainable practices. The house is passively cooled employing a ridge vent feature inspired by vernacular building techniques and is oriented to capture prevailing winds off the southern mountainside. Large roll-up and bi-fold doors allow the entire house to be opened to the outdoors. All woodwork was fabricated from a tree that had fallen on a local farmer’s land.
Location: Dominical, Costa Rica Year: 2008
A competition entry for the adaptive reuse of the Seaholm Intake Building, the centerpiece of Cenote Baths is a 25 foot waterfall, inspired by the geology of Central Texas. Caused by the collapse of limestone bedrock, a cenote is an opening to the water of the underground aquifer. Like its namesake, Cenote Baths illuminates the vital importance of water in our city.
The visitor enters to a quiet, contemplative reflecting pool on the ground floor and traverses a long stair into the heart of the waterfall. Within the cacophony of falling water, the base of the cenote serves as a playable sculpture and the gateway to the lake level pool. A series of nine baths line the pool. Each one explores the interaction of water and light in a series of uncommon sensory experiences.
A one of a kind gathering place, Cenote Baths has the unique opportunity to be one of Austin’s greatest amenities along with Barton Springs, The Greenbelt and Hamilton Pool.