Playa Carate, Peninsula de Osa, Costa Rica. Five per cent of the world biodiversity is in this place, a perfect paradise on Earth. Somehow, someone built this house in it. Loaded with green technology, it's not only pretty but 100 per cent self-sufficient.
Created by Robles Arquitectos, the house is so isolated from civilisation that it has no access to public power cables, sanitation or water. For the latter, the house uses water from the forest, which also serves as a power source thanks to two low-impact hydroelectric turbines that crank 800 kilowatts per hour. In addition to the generators, the roof can provide up to 10,800 kilowatts per hour of electricity thanks to its panels. Additional panels heat up the water.
Everything else in the house has been designed to be energy efficient and easy to maintain:
All the proposed materials were tested in order to evaluate its behaviour on the difficult environment that the Osa peninsula has because of its humidity, high percentage of rain, mould, fungi and its flora and fauna.
The whole house - which is 1m over the ground so it's away from its humidity - uses thermal panels, built around a steel structure. The structure itself has been designed following the same principles that make insects energy efficient, to enhance ventilation, reduced sun exposure and provide with natural illumination for as long as possible during the day.
According to the architects, the house is the "first stage" of the ISEAMI Institute (Institute of sustainability, ecology, art mind and investigation):
The house is the main area of the institute, therefore, it's design will serve as a multifunctional place in order to host activities as Investigation, meditation, training, Yoga and joy at the terrace located in the first level. At the same time, the Institute director will habit the house on the second level.
This whole institute sounds to me like an excuse to build an amazing house in an amazing place, but whatever. I want to join it as much as I wanted to join those bastards of the Dharma Initiative. [Archdaily]