Costa Rica – VOID opd

Project Year :    2016
Developed Area :    215.0 m2
Photographs :    Andres Garcia Lachner

Tropik Works is a highly sustainable home built in close connection with nature. The home operates on the premise of simplicity. It embodies uncomplicated living through straightforward design minus the frills.

Tropik Works is a house that's 100 percent sustainable.
Tropik Works is a house that’s 100 percent sustainable.

The home was prefabricated and assembled together onsite. This has greatly reduced the impact of construction. Despite minimal amenities, efficiency and functionality were never compromised.

The house was prefabricated and assembled onsite.
The house was prefabricated and assembled onsite.

Working off the grid, the homeowners are not left wanting. The resources, no matter how minimal, are enough. At Tropik Works, they have all that they need and that is all that matters.

Notes from the Architect:

Tropiks Work, the first off-grid residence in Costa Rica, was born out of the investigation of a new way of life rather than a traditional architectonic response. In wanting to establish a balance with the environment, we reimagined the concept of housing, creating an adaptable and malleable solution that grows with time in harmony with nature. We firmly believe that the consumption of renewable energies promotes technological development, as part of the new efficient economic model that is established as an engine of growth and employment. At the same time, these renewable energies are part of the vision promoted by our country to become carbon neutral by the year 2021. If we consider that construction is one of the primary contributors of CO2 emissions, we are forced to assume this challenge and establish the parameters for a new sustainable development.

Everything is planned to take only what is necessary, through passive systems that are adapted to different configurations and to each of the living areas present in our country. We have based ourselves on three fundamental principles: efficiency, double functionality and maintaining a closed cycle, where each of these principles is materialized in the architecture.

Efficiency is established through a prefabricated system that is later put together on site. This allows shortened execution times and reduces the cost of construction, as well as the direct impact over the terrain. The double functionality is reached as the architecture is conceived to fulfill and resolve a specific climatic parameter. Maintaining a closed cycle is achieved through the reutilization of resources, energy, water and food, that are integrated to each other through an organizational system that revolves around an elevated central patio, defining the unit as a living component that breathes from its interior. This organizational system at the same time allows a double relation with nature, since the inhabitable spaces are contained within a natural space.

The crossed ventilation, prefabrication, the extraction and induction system which passively takes advantage of the air currents and thermal differences, the reutilization of water for food production and the solar radiation protection, as well as the captured energy stored in a comprehensive system of solar panels strategically positioned to take advantage of energetic performance, are part of the basic strategies which allow us to be an independent, 100% sustainable off-grid system.

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