casa rolger vega (el recibidor)
Architecture is a slow communicator given the lapse of time between its conception and its execution, however it can (should) convey and opinion on the general state of things. Narratives can precede, coexist with or survive the execution of a project as finished products on their own right.
A narrative is created for a site charged with history that needs to be put in value by an almost archeological interest, such as the last remains of an old oxcart road and the traces of abandoned agricultural fields. An instant narrative in this case is the description of this house, a strange sight which is a defamiliarized “recibidor” (a coffee grain collection structure) which shows an interrupted past and alternative future, a view that could happen/could have happened, a spectre from the past or a ruin from the future ? Fiction is usual in the orality of these rural areas. The images rendered by the house speak not of blatant nostalgia about a “better past” but of invitations to stop and consider alternatives and to criticize the assumed linearity of history in which there is but one option for progress.
The initial program for a simple apartment as an outlook to the Gulf of Nicoya is also enriched by its similarities with a “recibidor ” not in its formal resemblance but in its function as an artifact, in this case one that helps to look exclusively at the distant, elusive ocean from the interior in half-light.
Location: San Ramón, CR
Area: 80 m2