first_img Costa Rica Project gallerySee allShow lessQuokka House / Martin DulantoSelected ProjectsDelle Bonifiche Eco-Museum / ArchiplanstudioSelected Projects Share Photographs:  Fernando Alda, Manduca Audiovisual Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Manufacturers: Barazza, Extralum, Franz Viegener, Ikea, Buen Precio, Concrelite, Deca, Ditesa, El Lagar, Ferromax, Francolor Decsa, Green Panel Costa Rica, Grupo Elefante, Grupo Sur, High Lights, Holcim Costa Rica, Solatube, TECNI GYPSUM Area:  150 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Photographs ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Architects: A-01 Area Area of this architecture project No Footprint House / A-01Save this projectSaveNo Footprint House / A-01Save this picture!© Fernando Alda+ 33Curated by Clara Ott Share Projects “COPY” Lead Architect: CopyHouses•Ojochal, Costa Ricacenter_img ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Houses ArchDaily A-01 Oliver Schütte Design Team:José Pablo González, Mauricio Rodríguez, Misael Rodríguez, Ronald Carvajal SotoMarket Research:Marije van Lidth de JeudeStructural Design:Ingeniería Cañas: Rafael CañasElectromechanical Design:Consost: Pablo MoraConstruction:SLO Studiolocal: Hernán MoraCollaborator:Villas Gaia: Luuc van WezelCity:OjochalCountry:Costa RicaMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Fernando AldaRecommended ProductsWoodSculptformTimber Click-on BattensWindowsSolarluxSliding Window – CeroWindowsSky-FrameRetractable Insect Screen – Sky-Frame FlyWoodLunawoodThermowood FacadesText description provided by the architects. The No Footprint House (NFH) is located in Ojochal, a small village at the edge of the vast tropical rain forests along the South Pacific coast of Costa Rica. Placed in a humid tropical climate, the building design responds to its surrounding habitat by passive climate control through natural ventilation and solar shading.Save this picture!© Fernando AldaThe NFH is organized around a central service core, which includes all machinery, intelligence, closets, bathrooms, kitchen, and laundry area. The compression of utilities in one compact unit enables an open floor plan all around the core. Moreover, it contributes to the building’s efficiency in terms of assembly and maintenance. Save this picture!© Fernando AldaAdditional furniture pieces are “plugged” into the double-layered facade, which is created by the vertical structural columns and the inclined outer enclosures. The inclination decreases the direct impact of sunlight and precipitation, which protects the elevated floorplan from overheating and splashing water. Façade panels can be opened or closed individually in order to regulate views and exposure, augment or reduce air flows, create privacy and security. They convert interior to exterior spaces and play with the dynamic among nature and the built environment, one of the key features of tropical architecture.Save this picture!© Fernando AldaSave this picture!Save this picture!© Fernando AldaThe house in Ojochal has been developed as a prototype for serial production, based on a larger toolbox of residential typologies. It was prefabricated in the Central Valley of Costa Rica and transported to the target location on one single truck. The process of making and inhabiting the prototype creates a valuable experience to optimize the series, which will be available as of 2020.Save this picture!© Fernando AldaIn its initial phase, the NFH comes in three different sizes that can be auto-configured with regards to the internal distribution and connections, material finishes and desired level of services: from “tiny” (36m2) to mid-size (81m2) and family home (108m2). Each building is customized from a catalog of prefabricated components, the first of its kind in Central America.Save this picture!© Fernando AldaThe selection of all elements and materials is based on a thorough investigation regarding the origin, processing, and environmental footprint. Component options that form part of the NFH catalog include structural wood and steel, different types of louvers and perforated panels for the facades, bamboo and wood ceilings, as well as mineral and synthetic finishes for walls and floors. They can be chosen according to the specific needs and likes of each client.Save this picture!© Fernando AldaSave this picture!Save this picture!© Fernando Aldan Ojochal, the NFH-108 was built as a floating steel structure with wooden finishes. It is based on a structural grid size of 12 x 9 meters, which contains a combined living and dining area, two bathrooms, two bedrooms, and a multifunctional terrace. Year:  “COPY” 2018 No Footprint House / A-01 The private rooms can be closed off through different layers of glass sliders and “curtain walls” in order to allow for changing degrees of spatial separation or social integration. The upper section of the building remains permanently open in order to assure unobstructed air flows and cross-ventilation. Panels of mosquito netting prevent insects from entering. The house is connected to the public water and energy grid, which is powered almost entirely by renewable resources in Costa Rica. Only water is heated locally through solar power, which is harvested on top of the roof.Save this picture!© Fernando AldaAuto-sufficient building configurations are available for off-grid locations, as well as a completely de- and re-mountable kit of parts. The NFH is designed to blend with its natural surroundings and minimize the impact of construction on the environment. At the same time, it offers a broad range of adjustable, affordable and replicable solutions. The project seeks for integral sustainability in terms of its environmental, economic, social and spatial performance. CopyAbout this officeA-01OfficeFollowProductSteel#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesOjochalCosta RicaPublished on August 27, 2019Cite: “No Footprint House / A-01” [Casa sin huella / A-01] 27 Aug 2019. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. 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