This eco friendly beach house by Robles Arquitectos converts the typical beach home into a lesson in eco architecture. If not for any other reason, this lush location – Peninsula de Osa in Costa Rica, which claims five percent of the world’s biodiversity – has inspired an approach to eco friendly house design, construction and life. The home is part of an initiative by ISEAMI (Institute of Sustainability, Ecology, Art, Mind and Investigation), who’s head office happens to share the home on this densely palmed hillside hotspot. The main floor acts as a public space for investigation, meditation, training and yoga, while upstairs plays home to the Institute’s director. Endless beach views invited the architect to incorporate many balconies, sliding-glass walls and outdoor entertaining areas, blurring the boundary between indoors and out. In this eco house design, the architecture firm put their enviro-architecture theory, SDRA (Dynamic System Robles Arquitectos) to use, evaluating 10 factors including climate, energy, water, materials, environment, atmosphere, cost, innovation and passive methods of design and construction. This house, which is secluded about 30 minutes from the nearest town, is 100 percent self-sufficient, proving it is possible to live off the grid and on a level plane with some of the most stylish, luxuriously appointed homes out there. Robles Arquitectos
via Arch Daily
photo credit: Juan Robles
Posted on September 21, 2010 8:09 PM
I am currently doing research on eco-design for my private beach front residence in Hawaii and am deeply inspired by the innovation of the ISEAMI home. Eco-consciousness has grown quite a bit on the islands but the actual practice of it remains to be seen. I am hoping to turn my residence into an eco-beach house that can be sustainable completely off the grid incorporating modern green technologies and design to promote conscious living, taveling and philanthropic learning of a place you visit. Not only do I hope to create this type of infrastructure in design but I hope to have the home a center that connects visitors to cultural preservation programs, grass roots events, green tech initiatives, health and indigenous healing/rejuvenation practitioners and eco recreation venues that promote and support the local community and sacred environment we call Hawaii...Much mahalo for your inspiration!
By Laurien Nuss | August 27, 2011 7:02 AM