Minimalistic Costa Rica House Overlooks The Beautiful Pacific Ocean

Situated on the hilltops of the Nosara town in Costa Rica, this beautiful family house captures a set of gorgeous views towards both the Pacific Ocean and the mountain in this region. It was designed by Studio Saxe who looked for inspiration in nature and selected a set of materials that allow the house to blend in and to establish a harmonious dialogue with the landscape and the space around it.

The two horizontal floor planes are interrupted by a vertical volume which houses the central staircase areaView in gallery
The two horizontal floor planes are interrupted by a vertical volume which houses the central staircase area

The house features a lightweight steel structure that was pre-cut and then transported and assembled on-site, minimizing the waste and time and effort needed to complete the project. 

The two floors are staggered and enjoy a beautiful connection to the outdoors and the magnificent viewsView in gallery
The two floors are staggered and enjoy a beautiful connection to the outdoors and the magnificent views
The beautiful tropical landscape which surrounds the house was the main source of inspiration for its designView in gallery
The beautiful tropical landscape which surrounds the house was the main source of inspiration for its design

There are two generous floors, each with oversized roof planes which form large terraces and offer protection from the elements. The extended horizontal roofs also give the house a simple and modern geometry. The two floors have distinct functions: the one below houses the public and social areas like the living room, kitchen and dining area while the one above contains the private bedroom areas. 

The social and common spaces are clustered on the ground floor and have access to a large terraceView in gallery
The social and common spaces are clustered on the ground floor and have access to a large terrace
The kitchen, dining area and living room share an open floor plan with full-height windows and a minimalist designView in gallery
The kitchen, dining area and living room share an open floor plan with full-height windows and a minimalist design

The connection is made through a double-height vertical core which frames the staircase. Both floors enjoy a strong connection to the outdoors thanks to the glazed facade sections, access to open terraces and uninterrupted views. 

The exterior charred wood cladding is complemented by a warm and inviting interior color paletteView in gallery
The exterior charred wood cladding is complemented by a warm and inviting interior color palette
The upstairs section of the house contains the private bedrooms which are encased in glass and enjoy beautiful viewsView in gallery
The upstairs section of the house contains the private bedrooms which are encased in glass and enjoy beautiful views
The bedrooms have access to their own spacious terraces and get to frame views of the ocean and the mountainsView in gallery
The bedrooms have access to their own spacious terraces and get to frame views of the ocean and the mountains
The simplicity of the interior design and decor allow the focus to be on the views and beauty of the natural surroundingsView in gallery
The simplicity of the interior design and decor allow the focus to be on the views and beauty of the natural surroundings