Casa Kike

Project: Creating a 3D Model of Casa Kike an award winning residential property using AutoCAD & Rhino3D

Summer 2012 || 3-D COMPUTER TECHNOLOGY (ARCH 124A)

College of Environmental Design at University of California at Berkeley.
The 3D model was created using site photographs and plans/elevations.

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CASA KIKE - Cahuita,Costa Rica Gianni Botsford Architects is an architectural firm based out of london and is famous for its award winning projects like Light House. Casa Kike is another masterpiece by Gianni Botsford, created for his father Keith Botsford who is an accomplished writer. By combining modern technologies with use of indigenous techniques and materials the architect has created a light weight timber structure raised 1.2m above the ground on round wooden stilts.GBA has also taken reference from native building styles and materials.The beams have been designed for both structural and aesthetic qualities , the beams have been sourced from local hardwood stores. the well crafted interiors is a sharp contrast to the exterior corrugated steel sheeting ,which is generally used on many low cost Costa Rican dwellings. The overall design is a fusion of Hispanic & Californian styles and broadly consists of two pavilions ( shaped like parallelograms) connected via an elevated walkway.The pavilions have been designed to provide the best views and ventilation.

Interestingly, louvered glass panels have been used instead of windows.Considering the tropical costa rican climate and the fact that the writer has a library of over 16000 books, louvered glass panels might not be a good choice. The length of the walkway is twice the length of the main building, to ensure that the see breeze reaches the smaller second pavilion.The second pavilion has an identical shape, but is 2/3rd the size of the main pavilion and it points towards the forest,away from the sea.The larger front building houses the writer's library, a giant desk and a grand piano, which serves as his daytime work & contemplation space. while the smaller building houses the bedroom and kitchen. The Structural engineers worked closely with the architects to ensure that the sloping roof was held in place without using central columns, and the slanting supports were aesthetically pleasing. GBA won RIBA's prestigious Lubetkin Prize for Casa Kike in 2008

Too many schemes get lost in second thoughts. Here success is dependent on the absolute simplicity of the initial diagram and a refusal by the architect to over-complicate it.

 

Architects: Gianni Botsford
Location: Cahuita, Costa Rica
Client: Confidential
Budget: UK £55,000 (US $108,971)
Contractor: Lechenne Construction

Structural Engineers: Tall Engineers
Photographs: Christian Richters