Costa Rica Legislative Assembly

Overview

This competition design for the Costa Rica Legislative Assembly is oriented around the need for open and accessible public spaces that work for the people and bring government closer to everyday life. It also encourages the growth and proliferation of the lush tropical flora that characterises our country, forming a democratic space in a complex urban location.

Concept

We decided to flip the masterplan as it was proposed in the competition brief, with the assembly space overlooking the main plaza and the administrative offices pushed out to a series of smaller-scale buildings around the site. It was important to reduce the impact of these structures on the nearby patrimonial buildings, therefore respecting the local context.

Design

By placing old and new buildings together, a rich array of new public courtyard spaces is created. The main plaza extends under the assembly building and creates a series of internal public courtyards and spaces. Public space becomes a key physical component of democratizing the city, respected the old with the new, in a truly tropicalized urban and architectural solution.

Project Data

Location
San José, Costa Rica
Area
Aprox. 20,000m2
Client
Asamblea Legislativa de Costa Rica
Date of Completion
2012

Project Team

Architecture Team
Studio Saxe
Design Director
Benjamin Garcia Saxe
Project Architect
Jorge Salazar
Project Coordinator
Daniel Sancho and Laura Morelli
Structural Engineer
Sotela Alfaro Ltda.