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Breaking Ground at Puerta a la Vida

Construction has commenced! It's been a while since we have updated you on our progress and a lot has been happening on the ground. We've started building the roads, a beautiful entrance designed by Andrés Cañas, getting the Restaurant & Clubhouse ready for immediate use, and bringing the site to life. Meanwhile, we have already welcomed the first residents to the community and Homesites are beginning to find their owners quite quickly! The month of August will be filled with construction, planting our gardens, and presentations to potential members of the community. We invite anyone who has been looking for a community to call home to come visit us! PS You can also see two new members to the Puerta a la Vida family - Carmelo the Calf & Billy the Goat enjoying themselves!

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Victor Cañas unveils latest design for Puerta a la Vida

World renowned architect, Victor Cañas finishes a stunning cliffside Villa design for Puerta a la Vida. This latest villa functions in incredible harmony with the site and its topography. The dialogue between interior and exterior space is executed masterfully, allowing the home owner to truly be immersed in the incredible surroundings. The stunning geometry, careful choice of materials, warm lighting, all function to integrate the space seamlessly and provide a unique space that one can truly call a home.

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World's Largest Penthouse

Puerta a la Vida's new neighbors are getting some great press! Need a lot of room? The Wall Street Journal's Developments blog reports on a new penthouse that would satisfy even the most square-footage-hungry buyer. The penthouse unit of the 14-story Genesis Puntarenas in Costa Rica is a 68,459-square-foot oceanfront spread. The developers are calling it the world's largest penthouse and want to sell the not-yet-built unit for $50 million. Read more on Luxist...

Investing in Costa Rican Real Estate

According to NBC, Costa Rica is one of the Top 5 hottest real estate markets in the world! Even in tough market conditions, the Costa Rica real estate market is still on the rise.

Costa Rica is now rapidly being transformed into an international destination for travelers and retirees from around the world. The costs of ownership and living in Costa Rica are extremely attractive to international buyers. This factor coupled with the unique experience one can have in a country with such awe-inspiring natural beauty and biodiversity, high quality of life, and easy accessibility make it an attractive option for both owning and investing.

Costa Rica offers a stable currency, considerable infrastructure, as well easy accessibility from the United States, only a 2 -3 hour flight from Florida and Texas. With a 1,290-kilometer coastline full of sandy beaches, over 100 volcanic cones, and a vast variety of flora, fauna and ecosystems, Costa Rica offers experiences that are one-of-a-kind. It is becoming a much sought after haven for retirees who value the relaxed atmosphere and distinct life experience of living abroad.

Ideally situated among the best beaches along the Pacific coast and within close proximity to Costa Rica’s tropical rain forests and national parks, Puntarenas offers both a place to unwind and to seek adventure. The best of Costa Rica’s natural beauty, from mountain ranges and waterfalls, to rushing rivers, wildlife preserves, and diverse fauna, can be found close within its reach.

Puntarenas is also easily accessible. A newly created toll way provides direct access to and from San Jose's Juan Santamaria International Airport, putting visitors within 25 minutes of the country's capital and international airport.

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The Sexiest Tree House Project in the World

Escape Artist publishes a piece on premier Costa Rican residential development Puerta a la Vida , in Escape from America Magazine's October Issue. Rumors have been circulating in the real estate circles for months now that a new development showcasing one of the world’s only residential architectural parks featuring today’s top designers, unique residences built above the treetops on elevated stilts, and a floating beach club anchored in the waters of the Gulf of Nicoya is coming to the Central Valley and Central Pacific coast. Years in the making and now set to break ground, the two projects promise to literally raise the bar on residential lifestyle to new heights. Read More at EFAM

Visit Puerta a la Vida's Squeeze page on Escape Artist.com

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Architecture Collective

Over the last year we have been forming a prestigious collective of architects and artist for the architectural park and artistic grounds.  Architect's Row features unique residential designs from this select collective. We are proud to announce that we have amassed an impressive group of some of Costa Rica’s best talent that includes: Rolando Barahona, Luis Diego Barahona, Andrés Brenes, Victor Cañas, Fausto Calderón, Franco Casalvolone, Andrés Castro, Daniel Cisneros, Felo Garcia, Guillermo Garita, Jacqueline Gillette, Aimee Joaristi & Enrique Barascout, Adrian Jiron, Katia Martén, Rene Navarro, Oscar Pamio, Luis Diego Quiros, Jaime Rouillon, Juan Robles, Javier Salinas and many other internationally renowned architects and artists. Click here to learn more about Costa Rica's first Architecture Park

Architect's Row from Puerta a la Vida on Vimeo.

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Trip to the Islands with the Art Board

Last Saturday we had the pleasure of taking a fun day trip to the islands of the Gulf of Nicoya with our Art Board. We spent the day on a remote island, enjoyed red snapper on a floating restaurant, and topped it off with a breathtaking trip through the Gulf. Not a bad "day at the office!" Pura Vida as they say... 

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Oceanside Preview

Puerta a la Vida on the ocean Some new renderings just in to give you a preview of our oceanside project. Sitting high above the trees provides for unhindered views of the Gulf of Nicoya, a cool breeze, and the ability to build this project in the most sustainable of ways. The floating resort will function as the beach club to the project. A fully sustainable base powered by solar and wind energy serves as the centerpiece of the floating resort allowing our floating villas to dock before going on exciting journeys to the white sand islands of the gulf!

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Diseño Responsable @ Museo de Arte y Diseño Contemporáneo

When Costa Rica's brightest young architects, designers, and creatives get together, the results speak for themselves. Such a wide array of talent was exhibited at the show. The variety of installations, mediums, and expression was mind blowing. The beauty of this show was the interaction. The ability to touch, use, enjoy all of this art was amazing. This interactive experience allows one to form a greater bond and truly grasp things we see. Shows like this one need to go on, as the collaboration and the exhibition of young talent is priceless. Its a rare glimpse into the minds of the future, to see what envelopes are being pushed, what crazy ideas are popping up, and what norms are being shattered. Unless people take risks and step out onto the limb, it is hard to get good results. This show was about risks, it was about the cutting edge, and it was about creativity. The ideators, dreamers, and open minds behind this show succeed beyond their imagination, and not just because of the turn-out but rather the reaction their pieces evoked. Fore this is the true award - the look on the faces of those who have been moved and enlightened by these installations. I look forward to seeing further collaborations of this kind![gallery link="file" order="DESC" columns="2"]

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The Luna 2 by David Wahl and Melanie Hall

Stunning minimal design - beautiful intersection of perpendiculars and justa well balanced, clean design. Gorgeous! Look at the details of the stones on the roof, the concrete spine to the home, the glass cubes with light white roofs. Bravisimo! The pool design, the immaculate garden, how everything pieces together! Fantastic execution. Really among my favorite designs in a while. Such great attention to detail and homage to geometry. Love those stepping stones! Concrete. Raw. Throw a Warhol on thewall and your done!

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The Torres House by GLR Arquitectos

Gilberto Rodriguiz has incorporated so many incredible elements into this home in Mexico. From the water feature at entrance with the tree as one's entry sclupture and concrete stepping stones, to the floating roof over the glass wall, the natural brick colored minimal interior and exterior, the landscaping lighting - it just doesn't stop! Yep thats a floating chimney - wow. Well done, and an excellent example of the integration of a modern structure of concrete and glass so well with the natural surroundings.

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VIlla in Woods by Zecc Architects

To cut to the point, wow. Material used is incredible. The natural color of the stone creates a very cool exterior. Pay attention to the detail in the bottom two images. This type of thin stone slab exterior won Peter Zumthor the honor of top architect in 2009, and so this style lives on...


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Kengo Kuma Water/Glass House

Love that Frank Gehry threw this up in his blog, even though its a throw back. This house designed by Kuma in 1995 achieved a very specific goal. Kuma tried to frame space with only two horizontal planes - the floor and the ceiling and to generate between the planes, a transparent and fluid time-space.

In the Western architectural tradition, a building is primarily framed by means of walls and windows. That interposes a frame between the subject and the object. The subject is inevitably cut off from the object. The space becomes a painting in a frame (i.e. a static image); it becomes frozen. On the other hand, in traditional Japanese architecture, horizontal planes (i.e. the floor and the ceiling) are the dominant framing devices. This enables the subject and the object to coexist in a continuous space, without being cut off from each other by the frame. In such a case, the main concern of planning is the introduction of a sequence and speed into a continuous space. One cannot help but introduce into the building the parameter of time as well as the parameter of space. As a result, become inextricably entwined.

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Costa Rican Architect Ricardo Ramirez

Dear friends, in search for original design, sometimes it is best to rely on the young architects of our time. Ricardo Ramirez has an imagination, a passion, and a drive to create better ways to live. I've known him for about a year now, and have always been impressed by his ideas. Part artist, part architect, part young visionary, he has an amazing discipline to build structures that challenge convention yet provide a real living space. There is a tough balance to strike between one's ideas and what people would like to live in, and Ricardo does this with a graceful ease. His latest design below is being built in Costa Rica as we speak! Well done my friend and thanks for sharing it with the world.

Notice the beautiful angles allowing natural sunlight through the large windows. I love skylights but this is the ultimate sky light. I believe sun is essential for people in their everyday lives. The juxtaposition of wood and concrete, all warm up the living environment - modern yet comfortable and livable. This will be a key direction in modern design, as modernism often suffers the reality of creating a comfortable home. As an artists you want to create beauty but you also want people to live in this beauty so a balance has to be struck. Ricardo achieves this flawlessly and I am excited to see his future design!

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Richard Meier Architect Volume 5

Thanks to my amigos at Proof7 for keeping me in the loop on the freshest of Rizzoli publications! I trust them for anything related to print, they are the mavens in NY in this regard and many others.

In celebration of Richard Meier Studio’s 45th anniversary, Rizzoli new monograph looks at the Pritzker Prize-winning American architect's recent work. Titled "Richard Meier Architect Volume 5," this latest volume reveals that time hast slowed Meier down at all.Focusing on his work between 2004 and 2009, the book offers a thorough and intimate understanding of Meier’s style—particularly the qualities of light and fluidity across a variety of project sizes—through case studies, photographs, illustrations, renderings and drawings of his recent work. Continue reading...

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Emerging Landscapes by KLab Architecture

Its amazing how this home interacts with the surrounding environment. The Angles are beautiful and the glass really brings the environment into the home. Notice the details as well - the green roof has a railing, so its really a neat little green terrace you can enjoy and walk on.


Images via Arch Daily

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Slit House by Eastern Design

Interesting how this home is not one I particularly love or would live in, but I can recognize the beauty and really appreciate it as an amazing work of architecture. These slits make me feel a bit cold, but you see the interior picture and the effect it creates with light, and it changes my opinion completely. Its a bit like the famous example of a painting of Hitler - even though I hate Hitler and his image disgusts me, the artist achieved his goal in evoking an emotional response from me. This art work, this home below, evoked an emotional response from me, even though its not a home I would build for myself.


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House Bierings by Rocha Tombal Architects

This house in the Utrecht achieves something I personally find amazing. Besides the exterior (the wood is gorgeous) and interior aesthetic beauty, the use of light is incredible. I love natural sunlight, makes me feel warm and happy, and I like to live with it. The window design and the wall design allow the sunlight to play an integral part in this home. The minimalist white walls add to that warmth and the subtle angles allow for light to make certain areas glow with energy. This house, in its subtly and simplicity, achieves a lot.



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Moss House

Nendo Studios renovated this house in Tokyo with dry moss and it looks ridiculously cool. The vivid green moss against the white walls really makes it look alive and most of all there is texture! You can touch it and enjoy an experience beyond the mundane flat walls with paint/wallpaper that we are so used to in our everyday lives. Challenge convention and I'll always approve.


Read more at Inhabitat

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