Costa Rica is surely one of the most naturally beautiful countries on the planet, and Casa Yos is a family home designed to take advantage of the surroundings. The house is nestled into a clearing in the rainforest outside of San Jose, and it does everything it can to maximize its contact with nature.
The most striking aspect of Casa Yos is its patio. The deck cantilevers out over the edge of a steep hillside, which is impressive and noteworthy in and of itself, but it also accepts the surrounding flora. The patio is built around a tree rising obstinately from the side of the hill, thus preserving the natural area while giving the occupants a close connection to it.
Casa Yos' modern lines and sharp angles are juxtaposed against the flowing natural forms around it, but that also makes it a comfortable living space in the wilderness.
Image Credit: Jordi Miralles, Ricardo Chaves