Benjamin Garcia Saxe has turned sustainable and abundant bamboo into this impressive home in Costa Rica. Inspired by his mother who once constructed her own hideout from scrap wood and plastic bags, he recently gave her a substantial upgrade. The long house has a bedroom on one end and a kitchen and living space on the other, separated by an open courtyard.
Architect Benjamin Garcia Saxe designs structures that push the boundaries of new materials and construction methods. The open air construction, formed by cross cut bamboo suspended in frames and alternately covered in burlap for shade, allows for natural ventilation while providing protection from the elements. The total cost for construction was $40,000.