Centro de Visitantes- Isla San Lucas
An Island Sanctuary Beckons
Far more than a simple tourism hub, the Visitor Center of San Lucas Island emerges as a sanctuary preserving national history, enthralling folklore, scenic beauty, and a poignant echo of human sorrow. Holding a pivotal position in the touristic development plan of the Puntarenas province, this center diligently responds to key initiatives outlined in the master plan.
Harmonious Coexistence with the Environment
Our design approach is sensitive to the environment, taking inspiration from the ethos of low-impact tourism promoted in the Municipal Plan. With a gentle touch, we’ve added an additional facet to the project’s built environment, creating an entrance and exit point for the island’s visitors that leaves a minimal footprint on the landscape.
An Engaging Visitor Experience
Within our design, the programmatic elements are thoughtfully arranged along a clearly visible axial path. Consequently, visitors can effortlessly navigate through the center, which champions the cause of universal accessibility. Notably, the building volumes are slightly offset. This deliberate configuration optimizes ocean views, draws in abundant natural light, and facilitates the circulation of fresh air. It’s this dynamic arrangement that crafts a visitor experience rich in contrasts, with varied spaces alternating along the circulation path.
Adaptable Design and Lightweight Construction
In this design, we’ve employed movable facades, both inside and outside the building. These adaptable elements allow each space to respond efficiently to bioclimatic needs, integrate with adjoining areas, or adjust their light quality as required. Moreover, we’ve proposed a simple structure composed of lightweight frames. This minimizes the project’s environmental impact while offering flexibility for potential future changes in use.
A Fusion of Tradition and Modernity
The design includes a reimagining of traditional architecture, with wooden lattices used to softly filter the western light. This technique is reborn in a contemporary tropical language that is visually striking. Besides the aesthetic appeal, this approach significantly contributes to the wider goal of using renewable materials, thereby reducing the carbon footprint of the building. At the same time, it enhances performance and imbues the spaces with a warm, welcoming ambiance.