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Hotel Boutique Ostional in Guanacaste, Costa Rica by Instinto Estudio

Project name:
Hotel Boutique Ostional
Architecture firm:
Instinto Estudio
Guanacaste, Costa Rica
Tools used:
SketchUp, Cinema 4D, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop
Principal architect:
Alejandro Gonzalez & Laura Morelli
Design team:
Alejandro Gonzalez & Laura Morelli
Built area:
305 m²
Site area:
1200 m²
Design year:
Completion year:
Imminent Studio
In progress
Hospitality Architecture, Hotel

Instinto Estudio: What characteristics does a hotel need when it is completely immersed in a world full of dense nature? That was the first question we asked ourselves when we were chosen to develop an architectural proposal in Ostional, Guanacaste, an area known for being full of such diverse flora and fauna.

boutique hotel in tropical nature image © Instinto Estudio 

We wanted to respect this abundant nature as much as possible, which is why we created a circular geometry that allows for a 360-degree experience with the environment. One of our guiding convictions was that “There’s no reason for a rigid barrier between the artificial and the natural.” We decided to design two concentric rings. The first one regulates light, temperature, and privacy through the use of vegetation wires. The second lends flexibility and dynamism to the interior, in relationship with the exterior, dissolving space limits by using semipermeable fabric sliders to regulate the opening as needed.

small hotel surrounded with green landscape image © Instinto Estudio 

As a low budget project, we knew we needed to focus on the energy and thermal efficiency of every single unit. The material choice was made for its warm qualities and ease of construction, using recycled wood whenever possible. In a daring stroke of genius, we decided with our client to not use any glass at all.

The result is a subtle beauty that seamlessly integrates the exquisite Costa Rican natural landscape.

circular bedroom with panoramic view of surrounding nature image © Instinto Estudio 

architectural floor plan Unit plan 

Bioclimatic Section drawing Bioclimatic Section 

Conceptual Section Conceptual Section 

Masterplan drawing Site plan 

Site plan Site plan 

night view of the hotel image © Instinto Estudio 

Connect with the Instinto Estudio & Imminent Studio 

By Naser Nader Ibrahim

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