Benjamin Garcia Saxe set up his own practice in San Jose, Costa Rica in 2004, with the aim of exploring our relationship with the natural environment through architecture. Since then, Studio Saxe has grown into an award-winning international practice made up of a multidisciplinary team, creating buildings and spaces by blending technological innovation with handcrafted techniques to form truly sustainable designs. Founded on the belief that buildings must connect to their landscape – whether a tropical paradise or a concrete jungle – Studio Saxe brings a global attitude to solve local problems. Ideas and techniques from around the world can be harnessed to benefit communities, both at home and abroad. Local traditions and identities are explored and developed, ensuring a process whereby we learn from the past and build for the future.
The dedicated architects and designers at Studio Saxe uncover new design solutions for every project, treating each building as an opportunity to improve methods and approaches, responding to specific places. Working alongside clients and collaborators, the studio continually seeks new forms and functions that blur the boundaries between natural habitats and inhabited space.
How we work
With diverse clients from both Europe and the Americas, Studio Saxe is engaged with projects in Costa Rica, the United States, El Salvador, Chile, UK, Spain and Australia. Irrespective of scale or budget, we believe in the power of good design to enhance our quality of life while remaining socially responsible and protecting the natural world.
Design provides the opportunity to assess the world we live in and connect to the communities around us. By understanding our clients’ intimate needs, we are able to create an honest architectural expression that puts simplicity and beauty at its core. This common sense approach has all too often been lost in 21st century architecture as many designers seek overly complex solutions to basic human issues. Simple forms, modest materials and traditional crafts should be used to reconnect people with their environment. We see the architect as a sculptor, constantly evolving our work around function, materials and light to create moments of joy. Buildings must be efficient and durable but they can also be playful and responsive.
Technology & Environment
Studio Saxe has developed a reputation for intelligent design that uses technology to inform the process but is not a slave to it. We adopt a very practical approach to bioclimatic architecture that uses computer modelling and scientific analysis to create efficient buildings before they are constructed. Sustainability permeates everything we do and is not something you ‘add-on’ to a project at the later stages but rather it is an intrinsic part of a holistic design methodology. Energy production and consumption are considered from the very first stages of the design process and help determine the life span and impact of a building. Our aim is to produce carbon neutral developments which are cost effective and environmentally responsible.
Community & Social Responsibility
We understand that architecture sits within the broader context of community and therefore should respect, promote, and enhance social and cultural activities that already exist in a particular location. Public space and human interaction are vital components that can begin to promote a healthy blend of ideas and wellbeing. We feel that as individuals we have a duty to give back to our community through charitable donations and sometimes with our own time and work. We have been actively involved in helping non-profit organizations realize work that we deem is important and necessary. We commit 10% of our profits to charitable donations which are mainly focused in the communities and countries we work in.