- Type: Modern Contemporary
- Bedrooms: 5
- Bathrooms: 6
- Built: 2018
Cas Catherine has an exceptional view of the North Guanacaste coast and the open sea due to its height above sea level and its location. Sited with a North orientation, which is the best possible orientation in tropical Costa Rica, its sun exposure is minimized, and the constant North East breeze creates a natural cross ventilation throughout the residence.
From an outdoor entry court, the reflecting pool crosses the lobby, becomes a swimming pool and blends with the sea and the horizon. The social areas folding glass doors are suspended from a steel beam which in turn is suspended from the roof structure. Above them sieves roll down when the folding glass doors are closed to allow permanent cross ventilation.
An infinity edge reflecting swimming pool runs in front of the master bedroom and social areas and visually blends with the ocean and reflects the sky in an attempt to incorporate the scenery to the house, blurring the boundary between interior and exterior spaces. The reflecting infinity pool literally goes into the house at the entry and exists at the other end.
Besides its esthetical and recreational value, the pool has also a practical sustainable function as it lowers the temperature of the breeze before it enters the house. Water is also a poetic element that helps reinforce the sense of belonging to the site by merging with the surroundings and constantly changing the internal environment as the weather changes.
- Architect: Canas Arquitectos
- Photography: Fernando Alda, Victor Canas
- Location: Puerto Carrillo, Guanacaste, Costa Rica