The Client requested renderings of a community center where the neighborhood could hold weekly meetings. Part of the project required a site plan with outdoor seating and a wooden walkway. the goal was to bring the surrounding nature into the building so a full glass wall was designed to provide panoramic views of the bay.
This project was designed from the ground up and completed in 2015. The client wanted a modern style architecture with some of the classical Spanish Colonial elements that makes Nicaragua unique. I decided to position the house based on its geographical location allowing for the sun path to fully light the home while keeping it cool. The location of the windows in the home allowed for cross circulation without the need of an AC unit. An interior courtyard was created to continue the air flow while creating an indoor/outdoor space where family members and visitors could gather while still being in close proximity to the kitchen, dining and living room. This concept allows for the space to open itself up creating a dynamic space that accommodates entertaining a large amount of guests or a small dinner party with friends. I utilized corner windows in the kitchen and master bathroom as a means to cut corners and open up the panoramic views of the lush landscape. Due to the inclination of the terrain, I created the carport beneath the home which in turn ended up being converted to a guest studio. Many details such as arched doorways, granada tile, terra-cotta tiles, built-in window seating, a stairway tower, a custom concrete sink, sculpted columns and exterior window trim are just some of the elements included to create a modern home with traditional flair.