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Contemporary Villa Areopagus, Costa Rica

Los Angeles-based designers Paravant Architects have designed Villa Areopagus. Completed in 2011, this contemporary property can be found in Atenas, the province of Alajuela, Costa Rica.

According to the architects: “Areopagus Residence is custom designed to be as intimately connected to the natural landscape around it as possible. By exploring passive heating and cooling strategies, the architects were able to design a luxury Costa Rican property that does not require mechanical air conditioning systems. This also allows for uninterrupted south-facing views that open out into the landscape.

“Villa Areopagus sits modestly on the site, shrouded in the surrounding vegetation. The street facing facade is largely opaque – a massive concrete wall with selective punctures that only provide a glimpse of the interior. The openings are strategically placed to provide the house with cross ventilation and natural cooling. This is also supplemented by the backyard pool, which acts as a cooling pond, reducing the temperature of the air as it is pulled through the contemporary Costa Rican property. Images courtesy of Julian Trejos.

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Assif is a luxury travel and design aficionado currently working as a BBC content producer. He holds an MA in journalism from the University of Leeds. He is partial to tea and cake - Yorkshire Tea Gold Blend please. His favourite trips include island hopping in the Seychelles, a mountain escape in Kashmir and getting lost in Hong Kong.

Assif is the current editor of Adelto Magazine. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram: @journolista.

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April 11, 2012 | Property | View comments

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