Naia House with teak roof, opens up Costa Rican rainforest by Studio Saxe

Naia House with teak roof, opens up Costa Rican rainforest by Studio Saxe




Naia House retreat in the lush tropical forest is the brainchild of local architecture practice Studio Saxe. Located near the beautiful coastal town of Santa Teresa, the house is an exquisite escape, designed to create a comfortable and eye-catching environment by blending sustainable architecture and contemporary style. A vertical roof-like umbrella creates an atrium for residents to enjoy the natural light and the outdoors while being protected. Besides, the volumes of rooms then intersected to create a separation between private spaces and common spaces in this two-story house. Set within walking distance to the beach, the home composed of generous rooflines that create shelter and the possibility of living outside within nature.

Indeed, Studio Saxe created an identifiable roofline used as a language of architecture for both large and small scale elements. The main living spaces composed of light-weight steel frames that hold open spaces that welcome nature inside with long rooflines that are made of steel and covered in teak. Teak screens and patterns used to create dappled sunlight as well as for protection from the rain. Also, the design composed of lightweight structural living areas and solid private bedrooms.

In addition to this, sustainable strategies include working with the region’s climate to create rooms that naturally lit and ventilated as much as possible. Using shading, planting and air flow to cool the interiors down. Also, solar panels provide hot water, and rainwater collected in the expansive roof structures and used for garden irrigation. Without a doubt, the house is an art work of architect, integrates the tropical jungle spaces whilst creating bioclimatic comfort for people to enjoy the outdoor experience.

The Architecture Design Project Information:

  • Project Name: Naia House
  • Location: Santa Teresa Beach, Costa Rica
  • Project Year: 2020
  • Area: 595 m²
  • Designed by: Studio Saxe
  • Interior Design: Cristina de Freitas
Naia House with teak roof, opens up Costa Rican rainforest by Studio Saxe
The house blocks the street and opens up to an interior garden with a pool creating leisure spaces within that play with light.
Naia House with teak roof, opens up Costa Rican rainforest by Studio Saxe




Naia House with teak roof, opens up Costa Rican rainforest by Studio Saxe
Naia House with teak roof, opens up Costa Rican rainforest by Studio Saxe
It’s a fact that, the beach house consists of white volumes and teak screens.
Naia House with teak roof, opens up Costa Rican rainforest by Studio Saxe
The Naia houses are located on Costa Rica’s Pacific coast. Dubbed Naia I and Naia II, the homes created side by side for the same owner in Santa Teresa, a small town on Costa Rica’s Pacific shoreline.




Naia House with teak roof, opens up Costa Rican rainforest by Studio Saxe
Naia House with teak roof, opens up Costa Rican rainforest by Studio Saxe
Naia House with teak roof, opens up Costa Rican rainforest by Studio Saxe




Naia House with teak roof, opens up Costa Rican rainforest by Studio Saxe
Naia House with teak roof, opens up Costa Rican rainforest by Studio Saxe




Besides, screens of teak wood clad the steel structure and create refracted light around the spaces.
Naia House with teak roof, opens up Costa Rican rainforest by Studio Saxe




Naia House with teak roof, opens up Costa Rican rainforest by Studio Saxe
Naia House with teak roof, opens up Costa Rican rainforest by Studio Saxe




Naia House with teak roof, opens up Costa Rican rainforest by Studio Saxe
Naia House with teak roof, opens up Costa Rican rainforest by Studio Saxe
Naia House with teak roof, opens up Costa Rican rainforest by Studio Saxe




Naia House with teak roof, opens up Costa Rican rainforest by Studio Saxe
The main living room is mostly open to the elements. Its steel structure forms a double-height space within which only the kitchen rests against a solid wall.




Naia House with teak roof, opens up Costa Rican rainforest by Studio Saxe
Naia House with teak roof, opens up Costa Rican rainforest by Studio Saxe




Naia House with teak roof, opens up Costa Rican rainforest by Studio Saxe
Also. three bedrooms across two levels but uses a similar scheme, in which a walkway helps to delineate public and private areas.
Naia House with teak roof, opens up Costa Rican rainforest by Studio Saxe




Naia House with teak roof, opens up Costa Rican rainforest by Studio Saxe
Naia House with teak roof, opens up Costa Rican rainforest by Studio Saxe
The ground floor bedrooms feature concrete walls for privacy.




Naia House with teak roof, opens up Costa Rican rainforest by Studio Saxe
Naia House with teak roof, opens up Costa Rican rainforest by Studio Saxe
Indeed, only the kitchen is encased inside a solid wall.







The Naia House Gallery:

Text by the Architects: Tropical Oasis with teak roof and screens blends inside & outside boundaries connecting people to nature. Studio Saxe commissioned to design two beach houses in the beautiful town of Santa Teresa in Costa Rica. We decided to blend the tropical jungle into the houses whilst creating a bioclimatic comfort for people to enjoy the outdoor experience.

Photo credit: Andres Garcia Lachner| Source: Studio Saxe

For more information about this project; please contact the Architecture firm :
– Add:  Av. 9, Nunciatura, San José, Costa Rica
– Tel: 506 4030 6053
– Email: info@studiosaxe.com




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