Marbella, Guanacaste, Costa Rica
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The growth and expansion of residential communities into rural natural habitats generally fails in creating an appropriate weave or tapestry between the existing natural environment, the new colonizing residents, the local existing communities, and the different governmental and private enterprises.
Zephyr is a new rural community in the mountains of the Nicoya Peninsula in Costa Rica. It is a removed isolated property with abundance in natural flora and fauna.
The client’s vision was to make this site a melting pot for new sustainable economic practices and with this endeavor create multiple academic programs that use the farm as a laboratory for the current global knowledge on sustainable systems ranging from farming, to construction, to fuel production, to water management, and forest management.
The result is a Master Plan conceived as a constellation with orbiting professionals from around the world who interact with local residents that have migrated to the site and local residents that have been inhabiting this area for multiple generations past.
In order to achieve this the program was developed with multiple components that complement each other and have revolving activities. An academic component, a residential component, a sustainable industry component, a contemplative component, a restoration and conservation component, a farming or land use component, and a tourism component.
The intricate location and density of each program element in relationship to the use and cycles of the site is what the master plan proposes.