I had the great pleasure of photographing this amazing home in Nosara, Costa Rica this past summer. I love the tropics, getting to speak Spanish, and surfing, so this is quite possibly the top town on my list of ideal places. Now, looking at the pictures you may assume that Nosara is a large town, but truth be told, it’s not. It’s small, and almost all the roads are dirt roads. There isn’t a single street sign in town. It’s that kind of town.
But up on the hills overlooking the non-stop all day epic surf breaks, peering down on this slice of perfection lies ‘Pacific Breeze’. And I love homes with names. I think it started from reading Great Expectations and becoming quite enthralled with ‘Satis House’ in the novel. But, unlike the house in Dickens novel that is ironically named (the owner is not satisfied at all), this house is quite aptly named.
This design features venting and wood slats that allow the trade winds present at its lofty position to blow through and cool the whole home. And in a place like Costa Rica, keeping a cool home without the use of air conditioning is almost on par with the magical arts. This unique design feature, in conjunction with the rooftop solar panels, means that despite the exorbitant price of electricity, this whole home can be run on less than $20 a month. Go ahead and read that again…
This type of genious level design is the brainchild of the amazing architecture firm, Salagnac Arquitectos. They have beautifully combined form and function, and a careful selection of building materials to produce this stunning masterpiece of a home. While lounging in the resort style float up bar in the broad infinity pool, you can look down and see people surfing for miles and miles. Additionally, thanks to the great use of glass, you can get this same view from wherever you might be in the home.
The home is built into the steep tropical hillside beautifully, and when night time comes around, the home truly comes alive. While the sunset bounces off of the pool and reflects bright colours onto the glass and metal finishings, it mingles differently with the elaborate use of wood, creating a warm glow.
It was truly a pleasure to photograph this wonderful home, and I look forward to going back to Costa Rica in the future. Thanks again Salagnac Architecture for having me!