Street artists like Banksy and Space Invader have been playing with city dwellers for years, placing their work strategically for maximum impact. In fact, artists around the globe are constantly integrating their artwork into the landscape in unexpected ways. Working in large and small scale, the techniques and scope of work differ, but one thing they all have in common is their clever use of space.
It’s impossible not to fall in love with this eco-friendly house, hidden on a coastal hillside in Costa Rica. Surrounded by lush greenery, I can only imagine how fresh the air must be. And with a fantastic view overlooking the Pacific Ocean, this home almost seems too good to be true…
Designed by SPG Architects, Casa Torcida has the largest domestic solar array in Costa Rica, which provides enough energy for lighting, appliances, and miscellaneous equipment. In the future, this solar-derived power will also provide for the needs of a state-of-the-art recording studio, located on the bottom floor.
The solar panels sit on a ceramic-based roof coating that both minimizes solar heat-gain and provides a clean source of water for the house and the pool, thus there is no need for well water. Cabinetry was locally fabricated from trees originally harvested from the foundation area and all materials were locally sourced whenever possible. No air-conditioning is required since natural cross breezes cool each room.