This little house in Guanacaste, Costa Rica, cannot be ignored and neither can its name: A Forest for a Moon Dazzler. In fact, it is so unique that it was awarded winner of ‘Best House in the World’ category at the 2010 World Architecture Festival (WAF 2010).
We love the way the bamboo is cut into rings and expressed in the façades and ceilings, and the simplicity in which this achieves such a powerful look. This home is stunning in its detailing and in its minimal plan too. The inner courtyard is also beautiful, connecting the two rooms of the house and featuring a planted tree and some hammocks, reinforcing the laid-back feel of the place. We also like how the façade can fully open or close, allowing the house to merge itself with the outside forest or shut itself down like a protective cocoon. Peaceful is the glow you get inside the windowless home, as daylight is allowed to filter through the walls and ceilings instead.
All in all, the poetry of this place is easily palpable.
This dwelling comes charged with a nice background story as well. Architect Benjamin Garcia Saxe designed this house in the Costa Rican jungle for his mother – the Moon dazzler – as a means of creating a safe place for her to call home. He explains that the moon was an important element for his mother. Each night she would look at it and feel closer to her son despite them being far away. For this reason, Benjamin designed a dynamic roof system, which can be opened at night allowing his mother to lie in bed and fall asleep under the stars and the moonlit sky. Now that is a feature to aim for!