Tamarindo, Guanacaste, Costa Rica
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The site was formerly a Bar and Restaurant that Burnt down during a wildfire. The only remaining structure was a two story concrete tower that contained two bathroom stalls in its lower level and an office space on its second level. This tower was to be reutilized in the re-design of the former Bar and Restaurant.
The location for the project is in the North-West Pacific coast of Costa Rica where there is a highly marked dry season and a strong but shorter rainy season in relation to the rest of the country.
The client was open to exploring the potential of making an open public building.
Creating a completely public town building was the starting point for the plan and this was transposed into the interior of the building as well. The roof plan was to be a simple gable roof with one set of rules.
The edges of the roof planes do not touch each other or any wall.
The interior of the space is then held together by of series of planes that overlap and miss each other creating a play with light and wind that keeps the building open, fresh, illuminated and active.