The design began with the rugged topography of the steep site and the jungle vegetation that comes right to the edge the house. The crescent-shaped plan was a way to break up the 11,500-square-foot mass and give every room a view of the Pacific Ocean. It mirrors the curve of the cliff and Playa Prieta, a sandy beach that lies directly below the house. The architecture seems edgeless, unrestrained, almost infinite, more like a theatrical event than a static design statement. The roof slides skywards in a double-compound curve, up from the hillside, while a long linear platform penetrates the outer curve through a central portal. As soon as you pass through this outer membrane, everything changes. Edges evaporate and the architecture erupts. Stainless-steel tension cables support the 90-foot-long bridge that projects out towards the Pacific like a suspended catwalk, an elegantly engineered folly for watching sunsets. Indeed, it feels as if the entire house were held in place by a trapeze-like tension. Two inclined struts lean out on either side and support the weight of the catwalk, with thick cables attached to stainless-steel turnbuckles, like a suspension bridge. The main deck acts as a central stage, filled with movement, torque and tensility. The 85-foot-long lap pool creates a reflective surface that mirrors the sky and carries the eye past the edge of the deck, out to the Gulf of Papagayo.
“The architecture seems edgeless, unrestrained, almost infinite.”