Portas novas House by Victor Canas architects is situated in Guanacaste, a dry tropical province of Costa Rica. Portas Novas, which means New Gates, is a stunning piece of architecture made by concrete, steel and lots of glass. To the west, Portas Novas reveals a clear, beautiful, near 180° panorama of the ocean, and to the east there is not so vast, but still great view to the mountainside. This means that the house has two very different view: the openness of the horizon with the sunset to the west and the more intimate but still very wide view of mountainside and isolated neighbors to the east. The ground-level water mirror on the western side seems to merge into the ocean, creating even more spectacular scene. The neat, clean-cut interior with only basic furniture, corresponds perfectly to the house’s exterior. The outdoor feel is transferred indoors with the use of wood, stone, glass and concrete. Warm natural light flows from everywhere thanks to the huge windows and creates a great balance with the cold stone floors and concrete walls.
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