Architectural firm Robles Arquitectos has completed the Casa ISEAMI project in 2010.
Located in Playa Carate on the Peninsula de Osa, Costa Rica, this beautiful 5,188 square-foot home, which has no public water nor electricity supply is 100% self sufficient, thanks to a bunch of solar panels and two low impact hydroelectric generators.
Casa Iseami by Juan Robles:
“ISEAMI concept eradicates in the education and awareness of its occupants and its community, that will be capable to learn about sustainable living thru its spatial living. The house promises a responsible approach to the nature of its location, Peninsula de Osa, a place where the 5% of the world biodiversity is embodied.
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 multi-functional 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 way, possible functions are maximized on the smallest possible area.
Robles Arq has followed their design process named: SDRA (Dynamic system Robles Arquitectos) which, during the investigation stage,evaluates 10 important elements as: Site, Climate, Energy, Water, Materials, environment, atmosphere, cost, innovation with the use of passive strategies and the implemented processes.These elements will be analyzed to develop a design plan and a management plan during the building life-cycle in order to reduce the negative impact this house could bring to the natural environment and then, to minimize the negative impact that nature could create in the building, this because our main concept is to create a very low maintenance house.
The secluded project site is located at 30 km from the closest town, Puerto Jimenez, therefore, the house doesn’t have any public service supply as electricity or water, and this condition obligates the institute to invest on a 100% self-sufficient house. During the design process, decisions were taken in order to bring the water and energy supply. The existence of a water concession on the protected forest inside the property, allows the project to consider a natural potable water source for its use, then the water volume is utilized in order to produce energy with 2 low impact hydroelectric generators that generate a total of800KW/H.
Furthermore, Casa ISEAMI becomes a solar power plant with a production capability of 10.800KW/H, this because the roof has been designed in order to have the orientation and position to maximize its production. The roof material has great structural capacities, so the access to the roof for maintenance is possible (The use of a solar hot water tank provides comfort to the users). The hybrid energy system provides with success enough energy to the project, the caretaker’s and maintenance housing and the existing lodge for the participants of the institute.
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