Two vacation houses in tropical Costa Rica, Casa el Mango and Casa la Papaya are nestled in a garden beside a “get cool” pool. The covered terrace or “rancho” provides a gathering place in the shade to enjoy the ocean view.
Designed for comfort and energy efficiency in the equatorial climate, generous shaded terraces expand the living area to the outdoors. Sea breezes keep the houses cool and fresh without air conditioning.
Masonry walls and stucco finish provide thermal mass and contribute to passive cooling.
Built with local materials and techniques, the houses are simple, secure, and low maintenance. Bright colors add to the tropical ethnic ambiance.