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Monday, September 7, 2009

Casa Kike - Gianni Botsford Architects

By coupling indigenous techniques and materials with modern design technologies and aesthetics GBA has created this intimate double pavilion for a writer in Costa Rica.


Casa-Kike, Gianni-Botsford, Arquitectura, Diseño, Casas, Interiores

A main studio space, with library, writing desk and grand piano, is the writer’s daytime space. The pavilion’s wooden structure, sourced from local timber, sits on a simple foundation of wooden stilts on small concrete pad foundations.

Casa-Kike, Gianni-Botsford, Arquitectura, Diseño, Casas, Interiores

Casa-Kike, Gianni-Botsford, Arquitectura, Diseño, Casas, Interiores
Roof beams of up to 10 m long and 355 mm deep allow for an interior with no vertical columns. The mono-pitched roof elevates towards the sea shore, while the interior is through ventilated via a completely louvred glazed end façade.

Casa-Kike, Gianni-Botsford, Arquitectura, Diseño, Casas, Interiores

Casa-Kike, Gianni-Botsford, Arquitectura, Diseño, Casas, Interiores
Set at a short distance along a raised walkway, a second smaller pavilion mirrors the first. This contains sleeping quarters and a bathroom.

Casa-Kike, Gianni-Botsford, Arquitectura, Diseño, Casas, Interiores

Casa-Kike, Gianni-Botsford, Arquitectura, Diseño, Casas, Interiores
Externally, the pavilions are clad in corrugated steel sheeting, another locally used construction material. The overall effect is that of a building which blends with its surroundings, both visually and environmentally.

Casa-Kike, Gianni-Botsford, Arquitectura, Diseño, Casas, Interiores

Casa-Kike, Gianni-Botsford, Arquitectura, Diseño, Casas, Interiores

Casa-Kike, Gianni-Botsford, Arquitectura, Diseño, Casas, Interiores

Casa-Kike, Gianni-Botsford, Arquitectura, Diseño, Casas, Interiores

Casa-Kike, Gianni-Botsford, Arquitectura, Diseño, Casas, Interiores
Architects: Gianni Botsford
Location: Cahuita, Costa Rica
Client: Confidential
Budget: UK £55,000 (US $108,971)
Contractor: Lechenne Construction
Structural Engineers: Tall Engineers
Photographs: Christian Richters

Casa-Kike, Gianni-Botsford, Arquitectura, Diseño, Casas, Interiores

Casa-Kike, Gianni-Botsford, Arquitectura, Diseño, Casas, Interiores

Casa-Kike, Gianni-Botsford, Arquitectura, Diseño, Casas, Interiores

Casa-Kike, Gianni-Botsford, Arquitectura, Diseño, Casas, Interiores

Casa-Kike, Gianni-Botsford, Arquitectura, Diseño, Casas, Interiores

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