Nestled in the serene surroundings of Santo Domingo de Heredia, adjacent to the Hotel Bougainvillea, the Soto House stands as a testament to intricate architectural design and superior craftsmanship. The dwelling is a composition of two elongated wings, intersected at a 150-degree angle by a distinctive lobby area capped by a pyramid-shaped roof. A linear skylight running along the symmetrical axis of the pyramid fills the house with a wealth of natural light.
The Soto House is a material showcase of thick clay bricks and exposed concrete beams and columns harmoniously intertwined with wooden floors, doors, and ceilings. Large glass doors and windows facilitate an uninterrupted dialogue between the interior living spaces and the beautifully landscaped garden.
An access road paved with stone and a welcoming rotunda guide guests to the house. These attributes accentuate the architectural character and add to the overall aesthetic of the property.
The house belonged to the owner of Muebles Soto, a top-quality solid wood furniture maker whose factory and showroom were also designed by ICESA. Now retired, he chose to bring his love for fine woodwork into his retirement home, integrating exquisite wood details throughout the house. Each room in the Soto House thus reveals a story of a lifetime devoted to meticulous woodworking, with the entire property serving as an ode to the owner’s profound passion for his craft.
Photos courtesy of Ricardo Chaves