Gianni Botsford: Casa Kike

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Following up on yesterday’s take on living in a bookcase, we’ve got the recent Lubetkin Prize [RIBA] winning Casa Kike – designed by Gianni Botsford Architects. Located in Cahuita, Costa Rica, the home was built for a writer – and is meant to house 17,000 books [I bet there's lots of pictures...]. Here’s RIBA’s description of the award:

The Lubetkin Prize is named in honour of the Georgia-born architect, who worked in Paris before coming to London in the 1930s to establish the influential Tecton Group.

It is awarded for the most outstanding building outside the EU by an RIBA member and is chosen from winners of RIBA International Awards| following visits by a jury of architects and a lay judge.

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And if I had to weigh-in, I’d have to say that the house is pretty siiick – and I want one. Two connected pavilions, the home is separated by function: the larger volume contains one large open space, containing the authors book, work space, and a grand piano – while the smaller volume contains a bedroom and bath [if I'm not mistaken, there is an existing structure on the property, containing kitchen, etc].

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The two structures are built with a locally [and sustainably] harvested wood, clad in corrugated metal panels [another local material], and sit on four foot tall wood piles [a hard wood called Cachà - which is so dense that it sinks in water, and as a result is also naturally termite proof].

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I particularly love the way the structure bends from roof to wall, forming the frame work for the bookcase – a feature element of the writer’s studio space. That, and the way the different volumes are connected through these outdoor decks [last image, below] – it must be pretty incredible to live in a location where you can treat the outside as a connector between your living spaces. Although, doesn’t it rain a lot in Costa Rica?

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::info and images via Gianni Botsford Architects::

Posted: July 31st, 2008
at 3:32pm by orangemenace


Categories: architecture,featured ninjas,green arch,housing,interiors

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