Sunday, 13 September 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.
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. 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.

Set at a short distance along a raised walkway, a second smaller pavilion mirrors the first. This contains sleeping quarters and a bathroom. 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.All above info and images from
w02n 2cents:
I do like this kind of small scale and simple structure building, and its approach tried to blend to the surrounding environment. The usage of corrugated steel sheeting give a very subtle and sophiscated ambient for the structure. The presentation of interior wall cladding and ceiling profile, and how the timber ceiling meet the timber book rack and book storage space, shown the comprehensive design and smart detailing for the pavilion. Would like to stay in this library for whole day to enjoy the ambient that created.