Not far from Costa Rican town Uvita – there is a hidden small resort Art Villas on the jungle hill above the beach Playa Hermosa.
When an investor approached the architects, he wished to create a place where the visitors merge with the surrounding nature, clearing their mind, experiencing luxury and adventure at the same time. He wanted to create a place that digs deep into everyone’s heart when they taste it.
The architects from the Formafatal studio followed the client’s assignment and were also inspired by the atmosphere and colourfulness of Central and South America.
Atelier Villa was designed as a private residence for the investor and his family but is now also used as part of Art Villas Resort.
Nestled against a steep slope, the 26-metre-long prismatic object partially levitates over lush tropical vegetation, with a stunning view out to sea.
Looking outside, there is only the distant ocean or green hills as far as the eye can see; the back wall facing the driveway and the neighbouring villas is intentionally windowless, to maintain privacy.
The first and foremost priority is not only the idea of “erasing boundaries between interior and exterior” but also highlighting constructional simplicity and pure lines (pura vida >> pura arquitectura).
Discreet wall colours in combination with the green roof allow the villa to really blend in with its surroundings. Internally, concrete and metal elements marry to provide a luxurious but elemental atmosphere.
The ocean and jungle-oriented façades are fitted with large-size aluminium perforated sections which a) do not heat up in the sun and b) are rust-resistant.
If pulled up, they double as canopies. The scale and pattern of perforation is different on each of the sections, thus creating an exciting play of light and shadow inside.
The colour scheme of deep blues offset by the rust colour of the frame and the kitchen, provide a rugged interior aesthetic.
The panels’ special coating is in the colour of COR-TEN. The full back wall is in charred timber cladding treated with Shou Sugi Ban, an old Japanese technique of weather- and age-proofing the wood.
Disposition-wise, the villa possesses the same minimalistic spirit as its shape suggests.
Atelier Villa manages to be beautiful but unpretentious and sits in its surroundings in harmony with the surrounding nature.
Photography by Jakub Skokan and Martin Tůma / BoysPlayNice