If you see Costa Rica from the ground, rurality is equal to territory. There seem to be no pauses between a little group of houses and the next, boundaries between towns and the countryside are blurred, an endless urbanization along the routes that spread out from the towns filling the available space and modifying the agrarian landscape that was in turn once natural. A single family home cannot say much about this, but it should to make a point because it is part of the phenomenon (problem ?). By making itself evident, a white shape against the intense green of the coffee plantation, attention is brought to how the farms are being parceled out for new land uses, to the old farm roads that become residential roads and to the agro industrial infrastructure that is being replaced by these structures (the house bears resemblance to the coffee processing plants and to "recibidores", the often gravity-defying structures where the grain is collected). At the same time, by looking similar to the existing house next door, it hints at the advantages of urban intensity in rurality against low density, dispersion, homogeneity.
The new middle-class that build these houses are absent during much part of the day often traveling long distances to their jobs, it is a tempting theme to make the architecture "happen", when pieces of it are mixed with the people when they return home. Unintelligible parts of the pool, stairs, walkways, bridges or terraces “make sense” when they are used by the inhabitants of the house. The related topic of how domesticity is externalized is also addressed in areas like the integrated kitchen/dining area, where preparing meals and eating happen simultaneously, because most of the time eating and many other traditional functions of the house increasingly take place outside of it.
Area: 180 m2
Photography: Adrián Soto, GN Studio, Iván D.