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 plants, it strives to blend harmoniously into the natural surroundings of the forest with its completely black interior and exterior design. The concept of the guesthouse aims to provide guests with a sense of unity with nature while offering a modern and elegant living space.



As architects in Uvita, we offered our expertise in creating a jungle design that seamlessly integrates with the natural surroundings, ensuring it does not disrupt any wildlife movement across the property. Our goal was to create a design that harmoniously coexists with the jungle environment without imposing itself upon it.

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A Majestic View of Untouched Forests.

This exquisite guesthouse takes the idea of luxury home design in Costa Rica within the breathtaking landscapes of this country to an entirely new level, by meticulously emphasizing a profound integration and harmony with its lush and vibrant surroundings. Our team at Studio Octava hase deliberately chosen a dark color palette that stands in stark contrast to the verdant greens of the natural flora, ensuring that the eyes of those who dwell within are invariably drawn to the beauty outside.

The client expressed a fervent desire for a design that was exceptional and unparalleled, something that would stand out not just in the lush landscapes of Costa Rica but also on a global scale. We were tasked with the ambitious goal of bringing this vision to life. Our approach was to conceive a design that would be the epitome of uniqueness, ensuring that it would be a one-of-a-kind masterpiece. We meticulously planned every detail so that the design would not only be distinctive in its aesthetic appeal but also in its ability to seamlessly blend with the natural beauty of its setting. Furthermore, we incorporated adaptive elements into the design, allowing it to respond and adjust to the ever-changing environment, thereby ensuring longevity and sustainability. 

Costa Rica Home Design on Stilts – Meticulously engineered to embrace sustainability and respect for the environment, this unique home design stands proudly on a robust set of stilts. This luxury home design approach profoundly minimizes disturbance to the local ecosystem. By choosing to elevate the entire structure, the design cleverly circumvents interference with natural animal pathways, which is crucial in preserving the indigenous wildlife habits and contributing to biodiversity conservation. By elevating the house, architects have ingeniously tackled some of the most pressing issues that homeowners face in this region—moisture and potential flooding. The elevation creates a functional undercroft that serves as an effective barrier against moisture-related problems, ensuring the longevity and integrity of the house structure.

Luxury Home Design Costa Rica. The architectural design of the building is characterized by a straightforward and functional floor plan, complemented by a roof that mirrors this simplicity. Our intention was to craft a structure that embodies a long, elegant rectangular form, incorporating two well-appointed bedrooms situated on opposite sides for privacy. Nestled between these restful spaces lies a communal area designed to foster social interaction and shared experiences. This layout exudes a beautiful simplicity, thoughtfully arranged to maximize the flow of natural light and air through expansive windows.

The facade boasts a stunning charred kebony timber exterior adorned with groove and tongue wood pieces. This unique facade not only exudes a sophisticated aesthetic but also offers the practical benefits of being treated timber. Through a meticulous process of burning the surface, the timber is transformed into a marbled masterpiece, creating a one-of-a-kind look that perfectly complements our dark concept. While the exteriors showcase the charred beauty, the interiors are elegantly tinted, adding depth and character to the overall design scheme.

A Dark Beauty, Floating Effortlessly Between Tropical Treetops

Utilizing natural air flow to cool buildings is a sustainable and eco-friendly approach that significantly reduces energy consumption and carbon footprint. This time-tested method, with its diverse techniques and design elements, has been employed by cultures worldwide for centuries. In hot regions like Nosara, implementing this approach becomes particularly crucial. As an architect in Costa Rica, we understand the importance of utilizing natural resources and minimizing our impact on the environment. That’s why we take great care in designing homes that are not only beautiful but also sustainable.

Our team of experienced architects in Costa Rica is well-versed in various sustainable design practices and techniques. Although there are from time to time new technological advancements that can help cooling a building it usually comes down to implementing the basic, century-old techniques that don’t need any expensive investment but instead only smart planning. This way we can ensure our structures have a minimal impact on the environment and are not only aesthetically pleasing but also contribute positively towards preserving the natural beauty of Costa Rica.

In projects like this, we love to also work with interior courtyards that have the positive effect of amplifying any natural cooling effort. In this project, we have incorporated a strategically placed interior courtyard near the social area as part of our commitment to ecological building principles while maintaining aesthetics and functionality. This carefully planned design promotes better airflow through the use of a variety of plants that provide shade and fresh air. Additionally, it allows for more natural light to enter the space while still ensuring privacy. 


The best architects in Costa Rica apply a truly sustainable design. At StudioOctava we want to be part of this elite group. We take pride in our environmentally conscious designs that not only benefit the residents but also have a positive impact on the surrounding environment. In addition to designing homes that are eco-friendly, we also strive to use locally sourced materials and work with local craftsmen, supporting the community and economy. Our sustainable design principles extend beyond just environmental considerations, as we also focus on creating spaces that enhance well-being and quality of life for our clients.


Studio Octava Architects

Project Team

Rhina Portillo
Matt Usher
Fabina Mena
Alison Cespedes
Madison Arce






Ingenieria Atelier


Ingenieros JLC



Role of Studio Octava in Uvita

As architects working in Uvita, Parrita, Ojochal, San Isidrio, Dominicalito, or other southern areas of Costa Rica, we are faced with a unique set of challenges that require careful consideration. From navigating specific regulations to dealing with heavy rainfall and the diverse fauna that thrives in the region, building in these mountainous areas demands expertise and attention to detail. At Studio Octava, we take pride in managing all aspects of the project, from logistical planning to addressing any questions or concerns our clients may have. Our goal is to guide them through the entire process, ensuring that their vision for their dream home becomes a reality in this beautiful part of the world. If you are considering becoming a new homeowner in Costa Rica, we would be delighted to offer our assistance and expertise. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us for more information.

Working with StudioOctava

As luxury home design architects in Uvita, we pride ourselves on our collaborative process with clients. We work closely with each individual to create stunning proposals that are tailored to their unique needs and preferences. From the initial design concepts to the detailed construction plans, we incorporate 3D visualization to provide our clients with a clear understanding of the final result. This personalized and customized approach sets us apart from other architectural firms in Costa Rica. Our goal is to ensure that our clients’ investment is well spent and that they achieve the home of their dreams.


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