Art Villa, Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica, Refuel Works & Formafatal, Tropical Architecture, Photo BoysPlayNice | Yellowtrace

Art Villa, Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica, Refuel Works & Formafatal, Tropical Architecture, Photo BoysPlayNice | Yellowtrace

Art Villa, Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica, Refuel Works & Formafatal, Tropical Architecture, Photo BoysPlayNice | Yellowtrace

Art Villa, Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica, Refuel Works & Formafatal, Tropical Architecture, Photo BoysPlayNice | Yellowtrace

Art Villa, Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica, Refuel Works & Formafatal, Tropical Architecture, Photo BoysPlayNice | Yellowtrace

Art Villa, Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica, Refuel Works & Formafatal, Tropical Architecture, Photo BoysPlayNice | Yellowtrace

Art Villa, Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica, Refuel Works & Formafatal, Tropical Architecture, Photo BoysPlayNice | Yellowtrace

Art Villa, Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica, Refuel Works & Formafatal, Tropical Architecture, Photo BoysPlayNice | Yellowtrace

Art Villa, Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica, Refuel Works & Formafatal, Tropical Architecture, Photo BoysPlayNice | Yellowtrace

Art Villa, Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica, Refuel Works & Formafatal, Tropical Architecture, Photo BoysPlayNice | Yellowtrace

Art Villa, Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica, Refuel Works & Formafatal, Tropical Architecture, Photo BoysPlayNice | Yellowtrace

 

A breathtaking concrete villa rises above the rainforest canopy in Puntarenas, Costa Rica. Designed by Czech studios Refuel Works and Formafatal, Art Villa is part of a resort comprising of three properties in Playa Hermosa, each designed in their own distinct style.

The architects drew inspiration from the lush jungle surrounds and from the work of Brazilian architect Paulo Mendez da Rocha who was renowned for his brutalist style.

The monolithic concrete building is spread over two levels with the living areas, kitchen, dining, five bedrooms and access to the swimming pool on the top level, and a gym, playroom and other utilities on the lower level. The home evokes a sense of composure, calm and quirkiness with interesting art and furniture dispersed throughout. As one enters the foyer they are greeted by a large black and white light feature that sits above a solemn, circular shallow pool that reflects the rippled pattern across the surface of the water.

 

Art Villa, Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica, Refuel Works & Formafatal, Tropical Architecture, Photo BoysPlayNice | Yellowtrace

Art Villa, Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica, Refuel Works & Formafatal, Tropical Architecture, Photo BoysPlayNice | Yellowtrace

Art Villa, Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica, Refuel Works & Formafatal, Tropical Architecture, Photo BoysPlayNice | Yellowtrace

Art Villa, Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica, Refuel Works & Formafatal, Tropical Architecture, Photo BoysPlayNice | Yellowtrace

 

Emphasizing horizontality, two robust concrete slabs form the flat roof and terrace which wraps around the building. An infinity pool encased in concrete protrudes from the house extending over the sloping site. The pool and spacious outdoor terrace look onto incredible views of the Pacific Ocean.

The architecture and interiors are tastefully restrained to enhance the experience of nature.

According to the architects, “the concrete walls are deliberately left raw, complementing the interior components, selected materials, water, and greenery – altogether creating an unusual environment, both rough and luxurious.”

 

Art Villa, Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica, Refuel Works & Formafatal, Tropical Architecture, Photo BoysPlayNice | Yellowtrace

Art Villa, Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica, Refuel Works & Formafatal, Tropical Architecture, Photo BoysPlayNice | Yellowtrace

Art Villa, Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica, Refuel Works & Formafatal, Tropical Architecture, Photo BoysPlayNice | Yellowtrace

Art Villa, Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica, Refuel Works & Formafatal, Tropical Architecture, Photo BoysPlayNice | Yellowtrace

Art Villa, Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica, Refuel Works & Formafatal, Tropical Architecture, Photo BoysPlayNice | Yellowtrace

Art Villa, Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica, Refuel Works & Formafatal, Tropical Architecture, Photo BoysPlayNice | Yellowtrace

Art Villa, Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica, Refuel Works & Formafatal, Tropical Architecture, Photo BoysPlayNice | Yellowtrace

Art Villa, Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica, Refuel Works & Formafatal, Tropical Architecture, Photo BoysPlayNice | Yellowtrace

 

While Refuel Works developed the architectural concept, Formafatal worked on the interior spaces. They designed custom furnishings for the home including the irregularly-shaped dining table, bookcase and bedroom joinery. Much of it shaped from teak and Brazilian IPE timber, these items were made by local craftsmen or manufactured in the Czech Republic. These custom pieces are complemented with several armchairs designed by South American designers and architects. Pops of colour have been introduced with bathroom tiling, a pastel blue sofa, painted stools and hand-painted jungle motif tiles in the kitchen.

Art Villa is a celebration of concrete in all its raw beauty, and yet there is no compromise on comfort, warmth or pleasure. It is a stunning retreat that embraces a muted palette and engaging minimalist design to really herald the surrounding beauty of Playa Hermosa. This is one to add to your bucket list!

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