IN COSTA RICA’S CENTRAL VALLEY, THE TROPICAL CLIMATE AND VAST EXPANSES OF NATURE DEFINE THE WAY OF LIFE. It’s a region of verdant rainforests, striking volcanoes, and wildlife not found anywhere else. When Spanish architect Joan Puigcorbé was tasked with creating a modern residence in this setting, the project became a balancing act between the comforts of the indoors and the outdoor scenery. For Puigcorbé, simplicity was always paramount, as he states, “We are looking to tap into how one feels, how one moves, with only the essential.” Set within the Valle del Sol neighborhood in Santa Ana, one of the most coveted areas on the western side of Costa Rica’s capital city, San José, The Wood House came to life as a minimalist residence that, quite literally, breaks down barriers. There is, one will immediately notice, an absence of walls, at least in the traditional sense. By largely limiting the materials to glass and Melina wood (also known as beechwood), Puigcorbé places the emphasis on the natural world. Centered around two interior gardens encased in glass, the main living spaces embrace transparency and are steeped in sunlight throughout the day. The effect is as if the home and nature are one. The Wood House’s most essential element is “generating a new landscape between the inside and outside, and connecting both through light, form, and matter.” Placed directly beside the spacious living room, where glass walls open to lush greenery, a 25-meter swimming pool starts within the home and extends outside, giving the sense of a river that passes through. Amidst the open layout, four bedrooms and an office space are discreetly tucked away, each with unique viewpoints of the surroundings. In the end, creating a rich experience through a minimalist approach did not mean compromising on features. Hidden beneath the surface, The Wood House is outfitted with state-of-the-art JUNG electric systems and BSV Electronic lighting. In the kitchen, black granite and streamlined BOSCH appliances are sure to please the discerning gourmet, while the bathrooms are finished with the elegant, geometric Element collection from Roca. A gateway to the active lifestyle, beyond the 7,000 square foot (651 m²) interiors, one will find the 18-hole golf course and tennis facilities of Valle del Sol take full advantage of Costa Rica’s year-round climate. Located just 15 kilometers from San José, The Wood House feels worlds away, yet enjoys easy access to cosmopolitan amenities and an international airport. TAKEAWAYS PRICE | US $2,180,000 SQ FT | 7,000 (651 m² ) BEDROOMS | 4 BATHROOMS | 4 HIGHLIGHT • 15 kilometers from San José, Costa Rica TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE WOOD HOUSE, visit luxuryportfolio.com and search Web ID: ESTW88. 1 Natural accents complement each bedroom. 2 Beachwood and glass walls blur the lines between home and nature. 3 Transparent walls invite fluidity into the space. 4 Greenery and natural sunlight peer into lush baths. 5 The pool begins within and cascades beyond the home like a private river. 6 Contemporary design and minimalist décor add to the allure of this space. “In this case, the horizontal form of the house allows us to cohabit with the existing trees, and the internal patios heighten this sensation.” — Joan Puigcorbé, architect
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