Casa Deliciosa – Remodel and Interior Architecture

Posted by on May 16, 2012 in Architecture, My Designs, Rancho Delicioso | Comments Off on Casa Deliciosa – Remodel and Interior Architecture

These photos show the remodel of the house that my father and I bought, in Delicias just outside of Montezuma, Costa Rica. I’m currently living in it with Yasmin, and it’s for sale!

I think the “before and after” photos are particularly interesting.

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Magic Mountain Lodge in Chile

Posted by on Dec 19, 2011 in Architecture, Green Building, Travel, World's Most Amazing Places | Comments Off on Magic Mountain Lodge in Chile

Magic Mountain Lodge in Chile

For the past few years I’ve been working on various style of “tropical green building” architecture, but have only designed single-family homes. You can see these here:

Pura Vida Sunsets Eco Homes
Solar Vista Green House Designs

Living in such a beautiful and remote place, of course I’m concerned about all the people moving to the area and the long-term impact it will have, not just with an increased population, but visually. Montezuma and Santa Teresa are still very beautiful since there are no high-rise structures to destroy the view of coastline, so I’ve been wondering how it might be possible to design a condominium or high rise tower, so that it would be nearly invisible from the water. Would it be possible to create a structure, covered in native plants and vines, that looked just like a small mountain? Could it be built in such as way to keep the plant life growing on it from tearing it apart with its roots and causing water leaks and other issues?

Well, apparently it’s been done already: The Magic Mountain Lodge (Montaña Mágica Lodge) is part of the Huilo Huilo Biological Reserve:

Huilo Huilo Biological Reserve

Not only is it in the shape of a volcano, but it has a water fountain pouring off the top and running down the side. This amazing Huilo Huilo Reserve also includes several other fantastical hotels that are beautifully photographed on the above website.

The cost is $250-$400 per night.

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