LOCATION: Rancho Santana, Nicaragua
SPECIFICS: Beach-Front Home on Pacific Surf Break.
STATUS: Completed 2017
DESCRIPTION: Located in Nicaragua, fresch architects served as the design architect for this residence in a community featuring Spanish and Mediterranean inspired homes. This home sits on a compact steeply sloping lot with height limitations protecting views of homes on properties behind this site. In this area, much time is spent outdoors and in open-air spaces under a roof. Uniquely this location features a near constant off-shore breeze. To build on these features the home is organized around two enclosed (air-conditioned) elements located on each side of the property with a large open-air covered patio between them. In this way the breeze can flow through the house and its covered loggia as it comes down the slope behind the house. Bedrooms, kitchen and living room are all organized to have views of the ocean. As with the Spanish and Italian villas that inspired this residence the focus of activity is around the central courtyard where breezes and shade provide a comfortable environment. The influence is taken another step with the covered patio and infinity edge swimming pool overlooking the beach.