Guanacaste – Costa Rica





It was love at first sight when the building owner discovered a piece of land in the quiet and beautiful bay of Playas del Coco, at walking distance though from the vivid center and attainable by a newly developed promenade for hikers and cyclists. He soon came with the idea of ​​building a villa for himself, keeping in mind the keywords: space, light, splendid ocean and nature view.


This idea has been materialized in cooperation with Belgian and Costa Rican designers and architects resulting in a residence demonstrating top architecture. the house was finished in September 2015 and has participate in the Architecture World Championship in Singapore 2015 and has been nominated in KNX Award in Germany 2016, reached the final selection round. High degree of functionality, not disregarding the unique design though.


Since the villa was built for private use by himself, the owner didn´t make any restrictions in regarding to functionality and coziness. Casa Aude had to be a real “home” where it´s good to live. Thanks to all these elements, Casa Aude has become what it is today: a super modern villa fitting perfectly in the environment and adapted to the future inhabitants, with thinkable facility.




Costa Rica is a country in Central America with endless tourist potential and is ranked as one of the most frequently visited international destinations. Tourism is one of Costa Rica´s main sources of income, Costa Rica is a democratic, peaceful country, which has not had an army since 1949. Although the country is small, covering only 0.03% of the earth´s surface, it is proud to be home to 5% of the world´s biodiversity. No less than 25.58% of the country consists of conservation areas and protected nature reserves.




Costa Rica is also an attractive country for investment, offering great potential to major multinational companies, thanks to its exceptionally well-educated population, the excellent modern services available and the country´s social political stability.




Playas del Coco was one of the first beach communities to be created in the province of Guanacaste, Costa Rica and it is now a steadily developing tourist area.

A popular tourist destination, both for Costa Rica citizens and for foreigners. Playas del Coco is known as “El Coco” by the locals and as “Coco Beach” by Canadians, Americans and Europeans. The real name is a plural: “playas” because the northern and southern beaches are separated by an area of mangroves.

Playas del Coco is about 20 miles away from Liberia, the capital of Guanacaste, and from the international airport in that city.

Local tourism in Costa Rica has always been steady, buy the city really began to grow with the advent of international tourism and business.

Other neighboring beach areas also began to flourish as both tourism and the population grew.




Modern and stylish. These were the key concepts in the design of the kitchen area. An ingenious blend of design features, selected materials and refined surface make Casa Aude an example of modern kitchen architecture.




The 32 m first floor includes a 14 m cantilever and house 5 bedrooms and 4 spacious bathrooms.


Two bedrooms situated at the two ends of the cantilever have magnificent views: the master bedroom faces the ocean and the rear bedroom has beautiful mountain views.

A spacious central landing with a staircase gives direct access to the kitchen area and living rooms.




Come to the beach. Come and play in the sun.

Come and plunge into the water. Come and have fun!


The swimming pool creates an immediate sense of well-being with a spectacular sunset…




The BBQ and terrace area, located partly underneath the pool, is aesthetically pleasing as well as being luxurious and convenient.

The BBQ and pool house offer splendid sea and garden views and includes a kitchen-cooking area, toilets and shower, storage area and technical room.




The effective use of integrated indoor and outdoor spaces helps to create natural ventilation.

The unique design of Casa Aude opens up a new landscape in modern architecture. In this totally new approach the architect in the owner, the building fits into its environment and the beauty of nature is used in a way that far exceeds the traditional standards of villa architecture.


The design of Casa Aude with its huge cantilever construction required the use of a metal lattice. Large level high vertical and diagonal profiles encompass a free span extending to more than 12.0 meters. Meticulous preliminary structural, assembly and welding studies were carried out to eliminate all possible concerns over metal fatigue and stability. Pre-production testing to address the effect of detrimental impacts were carried out by specialized engineering companies, which also closely controlled welding procedures and met the requirements to achieve approval according to EXC3 (Executive Class 3).

Due to the use of concrete as a structural building material in an earthquake-sensitive country, the architects and engineers had to focus on the following requirements: strength, durability, forming techniques, hardening characteristics, aesthetic aspects and above all the nature and extent of reinforcement provided. A total of 28.5 km of rebars for 485 tons of concrete were used in the construction process.

Total quantity of concrete 485 tons

Total length of rebars 28,5 km

Overhang weight 122 tons




Architect. Fernando Sánchez

Architectural engineer. Francis Delacroix

Construction engineer. Francisco Llobeth

Electro mechanic engineer. Oscar Camacho

Electronic engineer. Rudi De Lendtdecker

Interior designer. Ariane Bolaños

Project administrator. Cynthia Chavarría

Graphic design. Jimmy Peña Imágenes

General manager

Owner of Casa Aude

Geert Vlerick



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