Gallery: Striking Off-Grid House on the Osa Penninsula in Costa Rica

Within the wilds of the Costa Rican rain forest on the Osa Peninsula sits Casa Torcida, a beautiful modern home designed by SPG Architects. Although its footprint is large in terms of square footage, it is surprisingly light on the environment and is able to run completely off-grid thanks to a solar system on the roof and a micro-hydropower system located nearby. The owner's criteria for the home required that above all the home must be environmentally sensitive, technologically advanced and modernist by design. From the looks of it, it appears that the owners got what they wanted.

When SPG Architects took the job they set to work transforming an abandoned construction site into an elegant steel-framed concrete slab structure, which they used to create the masterpiece that is Casa Torcida. With 18,000 square feett of indoor and outdoor living space, this large home certainly couldn’t be considered to have a small footprint — but the size of the home is tempered by the project’s many green building strategies. Most notably, the home is totally net-zero and features a large pv system on the roof that supplies the majority of its year-round power needs. During the rainy season a micro-hydropower system in a nearby stream supplements the power.

The home is five stories tall and includes an infinity pool, views of the ocean and the Golfo Dulce starting on level two, and it has a yoga deck on the roof alongside the PV system. Located on a 100-acre piece of property on the Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica, the home is surrounded with rain-forest that is teeming with wildlife.


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  1. martin3361 April 26, 2011 at 9:41 am

    This is awesome.

    could we get the sticker price they forked out for this beauty?
    how much did it cost to build ?

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