Open Home within the Jungle / Ksymena Borczynska
Textual content description offered by the architects. Touring in Costa Rica because the pandemic began, my accomplice and I discovered a chunk of land within the tropical rainforest and determined to create a house there. We arrange a tent and spent a number of months residing in it and attending to know the world. Then we step by step began constructing the home, following the concepts and wishes that got here from an understanding of the place.
What we had been sure of was that we need to spend our days open air, and discover nature and that we would like our home to have a minimal influence on the surroundings. We additionally needed to design and construct as a lot as potential on our personal. Nearly all of the construction and many of the furnishings had been designed and hand-made by me. My accomplice developed off-grid water and electrical energy methods and created the lighting idea.
The sunshine corrugated roof is supported by slender doubled columns and doubled beams, all produced from the identical 2×2 inch native semi-hardwood known as laurel. Columns are anchored in a collection of small concrete foundations. Inside the home, the pure clay floor and its topography are preserved and coated with a layer of gravel, with picket and concrete platforms rising from it. Rainwater, flowing from the roof into the picket gutter, provides a water tank and a pool. Curtains are drawn throughout heavy rains, offering translucent, dancing-in-the-wind safety. The sunshine and versatile design works properly on this space, the place seismic exercise and soil actions are commonplace. Using mild parts makes it potential for the construction to be constructed by only one individual.
Areas are outlined by their environment, which enclose them, prolong them, and open views… At night time, gentle heat mild defines the columns and illuminates the areas and the character round them. The encircling bushes create shade for the home and there’s a breeze coming from the valley within the forest. That, and clearly the openness of the construction, prevents the buildup of warmth and humidity. We didn’t minimize a single tree to assemble the home, just a few harmful branches wanted to be eliminated.
Residing on this home means being in fixed and intense contact with nature. We will really feel each change in mild, wind, temperature, and humidity; there’s an endlessness of smells. We received to know all of the animals which reside round and in the home, their personalities, and their habits. The songs of parrots and monkeys wake us up and the continual, ever-changing melody goes on all through the day.
We have now by no means had a foul expertise with animals. We take away venomous snakes with tongues and launch them within the jungle. The personalized, spacious mosquito internet provides us the safety we want at night time. And the quite simple design of the home, with no hidden or multi-layered elements, permits us to see which creatures need to cohabit with us. After which to resolve if we’re up for it.