We Are Building

Your Dream


Studio Octava is a full-service architecture firm that designs high-end residential and hospitality projects from concept to completion in Costa Rica.

Our Story


We are passioned business owners and architects. Equipped with our experience of working in Vienna, London & Beijing we are now developing projects in Costa Rica. With Studio Octava & our team we provide our knowledge & service of building beautiful, high quality projects to people that share our vision.

High Quality

Owners ourselves, we are obsessed with long lasting execution and durable detailing.


We strive for beautifully balanced spaces that feel refreshingly modern, warm and classy.


Our Projects

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Our Process

3D In Every Step

We know how difficult it can be to understand a building with flat 2D blue prints. Therefore we offer every client a full 3D design process from beginning to end. This allows to make informed design decisions throughout all phases and lets our clients experience the building before a single brick has been laid out.


Our Service


We create masterplans that provide guidance for projects with successful outcomes & goal achievements.

–  Investors Pitchdecks
–  Permit Acquisition
–  Local Representation
–  Infrastructural Planning
–  Coordination of Advisors
–  Land Studies

Feasibility & Concept

We reduce risks before undertaking any significant expense by evaluating common pitfalls.

–  Site Visit & Evaluation
–  Requirements Catalogue
–  Volumetric Studies
–  Design Concept
–  Cost Analysis
–  Permissions Assessment

Architecture & Design

We are synthesising tropical building principles with elegant design solutions for maximum comfort.

–  Architectural Design
–  Electrical Planning
–  Mechanical Planning
–  Interior Design
–  Landscape Design
–  Building Permissions

Construction Supervision

A building is only as good as its details its composed of. We are specialists finding elegant technical solutions.

–  Tender Documents
–  Construction Plans
–  On-Site Management
–  Contractor Supervision
–  Turnkey Construction
–  Drawing As-Built Plans


Our Packages

Consultation Meeting


Ask us anything that comes to your mind, during a personal or virtual meeting.*

Feasibility Package

From 5900$

We will deliver you a first design proposal and perform a reality check for your project.*

Architectural Package

From 14900$

All documentation and drawings needed to receive permissions and build the project.*

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Our Guide.

Property Development in Costa Rica

We put together a guide for aspiring homeowners & private investors in Costa Rica. In the guide you will find everything we wished we had known before developing our first property. We cover things you should know about purchasing a property, legal requirements, architecture & engineering and tips and tricks that will help you to make better decisions during your first steps of your project.

JP Guest House

JP Guesthouse by Studio Octava – Uvita Architects, is a charming accommodation nestled deep in the jungle of Costa Rica. Surrounded by an abundance of tropical...
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Vista Celestial

Vista Celestial Boutique Hotel is a luxurious hotel located in the heart of the Uvitas rainforest with a direct view of the famous whale’s tale. Recently,...
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Finca Chica

Finca Chica is a stunning blend of traditional farmhouse-style elements and tropical building components that compose a beautiful ensemble nestled in the lush hills of Nosara...
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    M. Usher, R. Portillo, R. Lopez, F. Mena, J. Salas, M. Arce, A. Cespedes

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Cabuya Jungle Huts

In the jungles of Montezuma, Costa Rica, nestled among the trees, sits the project Cabuya Jungle Huts. Owned by a diverse couple with backgrounds from both...
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    M. Usher, R. Portillo, F. Mena, R. Lopez, A. Gonzalez

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Waterfall Residence

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    M. Usher, R. Portillo, A. Gonzalez, F. Mena, R. Lopez

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Beachways Villas Yolanda

Our clients, a European family, never imagined they would fall in love on a property so far away from their home country, but that is exactly...
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    M. Usher, R. Portillo, R. Lopez, F. Mena, J. Salas, R.Diaz, A. Cespedes, M. Arce

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    Mal Pais

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Beachways Villas Bloom

Due to the fact that the property is located right on a road, this project has been developed to lean on the idea of a vertical...
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    M. Usher, R. Portillo, A.Gonzalez, F.Mena, R.Guerra,

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Quique Boutique & Surf Store

Without any controversy synuous movements emerge gently from the façade.It is not a still you can tell is part of a motion. The gesture gains the...
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    R.Portillo, M.Usher

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    Quique Boutique

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