Rooted in the principles of the New Urbanism movement—environmentally-friendly design, walkable neighborhoods, and intertwining private and public spaces—Las Catalinas offers a refreshing new paradigm to create sustainable communities that are built to thrive. Developed in accordance with the tenets below, Las Catalinas is a manifestation of our belief that there is a new and better way to live.
The urbanism and topography of Las Catalinas is rich and intricate, so the architecture for the majority of the buildings is simple and consistent.
Importance of views
Views are precious and thoughtfully preserved and enhanced.
Built to last
Everything at Las Catalinas, with the exception of some temporary buildings or light market structures, is built to last for centuries.
Appropriate for climate
Building designs are responsive to the Costa Rican climate, able to deal well with both periods of intense rain and intense sun.
Ample use of overhangs
Overhangs, covered balconies and porches are appropriate for water protection and for architectural shade.
Outdoor living is highly desirable in Guanacaste’s climate and our residences provide ample outdoor living spaces. Given the power of the sun and the intensity of rain, the majority of outdoor living space should be under roof.
Buildings are designed so that most of the rooms function comfortably with natural ventilation and don’t require air conditioning (air conditioning is allowed, but we don’t want it to be a necessity).
Wood and other materials used in construction are acquired from sustainable sources. Buildings are designed to be very energy efficient. Water use must be very efficient.
In many cases, all sides of a building, even its roof, are visually important and need to be beautiful, not just the front.
Everything about Las Catalinas is authentic. No structure or material poses as anything other than itself.
There is always beauty in what is truly practical!
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