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Design Philosophy

design philosophy

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.

Simple architecture

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

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.

Natural ventilation

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).

Sustainable practices

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.

Many fronts

In many cases, all sides of a building, even its roof, are visually important and need to be beautiful, not just the front.

Authenticity

Everything about Las Catalinas is authentic. No structure or material poses as anything other than itself.

Practicality

There is always beauty in what is truly practical!

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