Santa Ana, Costa Rica
The Mint is a planned residential community west of the capital city of San Jose in Santa Ana, Costa Rica. The development is positioned on a prominent, steep, native hillside. The Mint is a refined blend of architecture, landform and durable craft that complements the co-located nature preserve and the punctuated horizon beyond. The mix of 1,126,800 square feet of condominiums, towers and single family homes are arranged along the contours of the site to create a series of micro-communities that ascend the hill with nature trails, and overlook points that connect to the centralized clubhouse and community center.
The aggressive slope and clusters of protected trees guide the planning process toward achieving a balance of authentic natural character and viable density. The topographical nature of the site reveals the architecture of The Mint to emerge from the landscape. Resilience and longevity characterize the interior and exterior ambitions of the units. The pairing of unit types, daylighting strategies and amenities support a range of family structures in kind with enduring, climate-sensitive materials. Private balconies share a quality with the structured trails to reinforce an identity with nature and a departure from the urban center.
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