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:
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.
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].
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 CachÃ - which is so dense that it sinks in water, and as a result is also naturally termite proof].
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?
::info and images via Gianni Botsford Architects::