House in El Sesteo by Arkosis. Costa Rica
The house intends to reflect the general spirit of the site as understood from its history, in this case it relates more to its origin as a “sesteo” than to its more ostentatious present. A sesteo was the place where oxcart drivers would spend the night after a long journey; this name lingered on and was given to the current upper-middle class community.
Fantastic Realism allows the argument to be a real fact, to which “an illusory or fantastic ingredient” is added. An imaginary archeology is the excuse to unearth ancient walls, traces of a possible past that will support the present-future of the house. These concrete walls are the monolithic base and the conceptual opposite of a collection of materials that show their industrial edges and assemblage, as a reference to the continuous bricolage that takes place in the majority of Costa Rican neighborhoods, here material progress means not only to acquire more appliances or cars, but also construction materials that are set on top of each other in apparent disorder, their individuality as single industrial pieces still readable… added space; alteration here means expansion most of the time. This procedure could be regarded as a meta language, not because it describes architectural language but because it precedes it. It also implies reducing the mediation of constructional lexicon and focusing on space as a direct consequence of the accumulation of materials.