Outdoor Terrace Divides Two Sides of Zinc and Concrete Home in Costa Rica
Two volumes, one made from zinc and one from concrete, are separated by a glazed walkway and terrace in this Costa Rican house by MG Design Studio.
The San Jose-based architects split the two sections of the house – each with inward-sloping, mono-pitched roofs – into social and private areas. One contains an open-plan kitchen, living and dining room, while the other zinc unit houses the bedrooms, bathrooms and laundry rooms.
The two main structures of the 143-metre-square (1539-square-feet) building are divided by a central open-air terrace, which provides a "contemplative space" for the residents of the Tres Ríos home.
A glazed passageway joins the two buildings of Casa Ching, with steel beams forming a partially covered terrace area between the two rectangular blocks. The palette is made up of mostly black, concrete greys and white-painted walls.
MG Design Studio paid particular attention to the movement of light within the property. Overhanging structures – like the steel beams that form a semi-covered roof across one end of the central terrace, and the grid-like white window frames at the end of the concrete unit – cast linear patterns of light across the . . .
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