Perched in the serene mountains of Bahía Ballena, Osa, Puntarenas, Costa Rica, the Frowein Residence, colloquially known as the Butterfly House, is a stunning cruciform architectural masterpiece. Nestled within four unique landscapes – the sweeping Pacific Ocean, protected mountainous terrains, pastoral rural scenes, and the lush property pastures – each wing of this cross-shaped house distinctly frames these views. The slim profile of each wing yields double-faceted perspectives and opens onto four interstitial courtyards, each with its unique landscaping, ranging from a shimmering pool to a verdant garden, a dry desert-like scape to a grassy knoll. The terminations of each wing frame specific aspects of the surrounding landscape, encapsulating the beauty of the environment within the living spaces. The heart of this residence is the kitchen, strategically located at the intersection of the wings, serving as a dynamic hub of activity, uniting inhabitants during meal preparation and social gatherings. Vaulted ceilings and the open spaces between wings enhance the feeling of expansiveness, whilst offering a harmonious interplay between indoor and outdoor living. This project truly represents a perfect blend of architectural excellence and environmental sensitivity.
Photographer in Photos 1-4 Louis Lemaire Insidehomepage
Other Photos courtesy of Murillo+Sanabria
Location: Uvita, Puntarenas, Costa Rica