Finding the perfect resort in paradise is one thing. But living in one year-round? That’s a horse of a different colour altogether.
The Cielo Mar residence is a collaboration project between New York-based firm Barnes Coy Architects and SARCO Architects in Costa Rica. Built on a bluff with a sharp slope that faces the ocean, the home is a three-story, upside-down design.
What do we mean by upside-down? The main level of the home (containing social spaces, outdoor areas, master bedroom and pool) is is located on the second level, while the lower level houses additional guest rooms, a gym and a media room.
The central space of the Cielo Mar home is a massive, sweeping bridge that acts both as its own outdoor space as well as coverage from the elements for the open-air dining room beneath it.
The rounded edges of the home were inspired by a bow and arrow. The main social area (as well as the bedrooms) are located on the bow, while the canopy bridge represents the arrow. The swimming pool was finished in volcanic stone.
Where the exterior of the residence appears largely natural and muted, the inside is all modern. Porcelain tiles are found throughout, and the furnishings are clean and simple.
The extensive deck reaches through most of the main floor and is finished in natural Ipé wood from Brazil.
Those ideals resorts we mentioned earlier? We’d have trouble believing any of them is outfitted with a better kitchen than the one here. High ceilings on every floor ensure that each space feels like it goes on forever.
Natural wood finishings continue from the deck to the rest of the home, including the bathrooms, helping maintain a cohesive feel throughout. Everywhere you look, there are windows to the outside, lest you forget you’re located smack in the middle of paradise.