Location Tamarindo, Costa Rica
Year of Completion 2022
Area 290 m²
Built Surface 80 m²
Duration of Building 3 months
Team in Charge of the Project Gaia Studio & Patrick Rey
Concept Dir. and Coordinator Hugues Blanchère & Patrick Rey
Project Civil Engineer Yordy Morales
Structural Engineer Gary Cambronero
Constructor Mauricio Valverde Unena
Used Materials and Technics Steel structure, bamboo, can and resine
In order to preserve the natural topography of the site as much as possible, the architectural concept of the project was to restrict the footprint of the construction and to create the three levels of the house by following the naturel slope of the land.
The large roof in the shape of an inverted ship’s hull is constructed of bamboo cane. It is covered externally with asphalt tiles (shingle). Its stone-clad walls give it a stable and mineral base.
The technical challenge of the project is the infinity edge pool. This one is suspended above the lower room and creates shade for the lower terrace. The slight opening of the perimeter walls towards the view increases the panoramic effect on the sea.
Tabu Restaurant is a renovation project that aims to convert an old wooden house into a captivating restaurant. Taking inspiration from the architectural style of Tulum, the design encompasses organic elements, natural materials and a shoothing ambiance. The focal point of the project is the visually striking roof structure, designed to attract the attention of beachgoers and passersby.
The restaurant’s architecture showcases an organic aesthetic that seamlessly integrates with the surrounding environment. Designed with the shape of a leaf, the roof embodies a strong connection to nature. Beyond its aesthetic appeal, the design strikes a delicate balance between beauty and practicality, providing and inviting space that harmonizes with its natural surroundings, ocean and sand.
Careful attention has been given to the supporting steel structure’s design and construction, ensuring stability and durability.
Tabu Restaurant is a testament to the fusion of nature and architecture. With its harmonious combination of natural materials, the restaurant highlights the charm of nature-inspired design.
Concept Director & Project Coordinator