This gorgeous Costa Rican residence occupies a unique location near Santa Teresa Beach, where the jungle meets the Pacific Ocean. Architect Benjamin Garcia Saxe designed the Ocean Eye House to provide stunning views of its natural surroundings while supporting an outdoor lifestyle.

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The house, listed for the WAN House of the Year 2017, rests against the back of a steep hill in order to help stabilize the soil. It combines closed, private spaces and light, open areas that allow the owners to enjoy the surrounding landscape.

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This design approach resulted in a series of interwoven terraces that create different levels which blur the line between the interior and the exterior spaces. This spatial ambiguity allows the occupants to truly appreciate the dual nature of the building’s location.

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Via World Architecture News

Photos by Andres Garcia Lachner

Benjamin Garcia Saxe, Ocean Eye house, Costa Rica, WAN Awards, jungle, terraces, jungle, green architecture, lightweight structure

Benjamin Garcia Saxe, Ocean Eye house, Costa Rica, WAN Awards, jungle, terraces, jungle, green architecture, lightweight structure

Benjamin Garcia Saxe, Ocean Eye house, Costa Rica, WAN Awards, jungle, terraces, jungle, green architecture, lightweight structure

Benjamin Garcia Saxe, Ocean Eye house, Costa Rica, WAN Awards, jungle, terraces, jungle, green architecture, lightweight structure