Casa Las Olas / Younger Tasks
Textual content description supplied by the architects. Situated on a lush, beforehand undeveloped web site in Playa Grande within the Dominican Republic, The Retreat Home, designed by New York-based structure studio Younger Tasks, sits on the cusp of a dense jungle on one aspect, and a pristine seashore on the opposite. Often known as “Casa Las Olas,” the 20,000-square-foot trip house is designed to benefit from each faces of the property, drawing inspiration from the wealthy pure panorama and the homeowners’ curiosity in internet hosting giant teams of household and buddies for retreats targeted on wellness and inventive alternate.
The Retreat Home is the hub of a deep, ocean-facing 4.5-acre compound, which additionally options two visitor houses, a yoga pavilion, and a construction for leisure adjoining to the seashore. All buildings and interiors are designed by Younger Tasks, with softly meandering pathways connecting every. “These fastidiously choreographed promenades protect the pure atmosphere of the location, subtly restructuring the panorama at key moments to remodel the wild jungle into liveable area,” says Younger Tasks principal Bryan Younger.
Guests arrive at Retreat Home from a slim street that meanders by means of tropical gardens and strategy the constructing on a travertine and gravel footpath. The open-air entrance, lined in weathered ipe, leads underneath the house and up travertine steps right into a breezy central courtyard. There, framed views of the ocean and horizon are revealed, eliciting a way of arrival. Younger describes the ascent as “a second of compression releasing into the courtyard, and dramatic reveal of the postcard view of the ocean and horizon.”
In essence, the Retreat Home is a courtyard parti, the place indoor rooms type a hoop encircling the central courtyard, which spills dramatically onto the seashore on the property’s entrance. The ring shifts and molds across the web site’s most spectacular pure components, together with an age-old tree lined with vines, bromeliads, and different symbiotic species located on the courtyard’s heart. A sunken seating space on the base of this tree provides area for intimate gatherings or breakfast within the dappled morning gentle.
The skin face of the courtyard is white concrete poured right into a formwork of palm stems gathered from the location. The stems had been minimize to numerous lengths in an effort to create an summary but natural and textural high quality for this central area. The scalloped floor performs with gentle and shade. “In a single method, it’s a front room set within the jungle,” says Noah Marciniak, Undertaking Supervisor, and Accomplice at Younger Tasks.
The jungle cover turns into one other architectural guideline for the house: its roof practically grazes the cover’s decrease leaves however doesn’t disrupt them. The roof is a defining factor of the residence. Constructed from 160 uncovered scissor trusses that change form and rotate, it undulates throughout the highest of the house, accentuating the residence’s semi-circular type and the panoramic expertise of the location. The spouse has in contrast the animated roof geometry to yoga positions.
Total, the residence’s inside areas present privateness whereas insistently pointing in direction of the spellbinding panorama outdoors. Dramatic spatial moments and views of breathtaking pure vistas punctuate every room and drive circulation by means of the house. “A way of discovery retains transferring you from one area into the following,” explains Younger. Every of the house’s seven bedrooms incorporates a flood of pure gentle and a non-public balcony for the jungle- and ocean gazing. Most spectacularly, the main bedroom slips out from the remainder of the second ground to supply views in all instructions. The balcony incorporates a non-public meditation nook and yoga platform designed particularly for the spouse.
Inside frequent areas additionally benefit from the compound’s overarching indoor-outdoor way of life and are oriented in direction of giant home windows and doorways that may be thrown open to disclose sprawling terraces and expansive views. Conceptualized as a grab-and-go “24-hr Deli,” the kitchen caters to out of doors picnicking on the terrace or seashore. For extra formal meals, the lofty eating room options two substantial Paola Lenti tables in lava-stone tile and black-and-green crystalline enamel glaze that seat 28, in addition to ceiling-height glass doorways that open on three sides for al fresco eating.
The open-air front room is a dramatic double-height area, extending as much as 30-feet excessive, with uncovered overhead roof trusses from which Younger Tasks-designed rattan Bover pendants droop. The Elephant Desk, additionally designed by Younger Tasks, anchors the room. This association of six polished Mesa Quartzite stones might be taken aside, appearing as stools, podiums, or aspect tables, or aggregated right into a single desk round which bigger teams collect. The desk is personally vital to the homeowners, as every factor represents a special member of the household (two dad and mom and 4 kids).
Elsewhere within the room, a number of seating areas and tables for freeform gathering face both inside, in direction of a customized concrete bar, or to the pool or ocean simply outdoors. The pool itself options an infinity edge in direction of the ocean, whereas its shallow finish incorporates a large wading part during which lounge chairs might be submerged.
Equally, the household room attracts consideration to each inside and exterior actions. A built-in leisure heart and suspended mahogany-and-steel shelving unit change into one focus, whereas ceiling-height glass doorways on three sides open to the house’s pure environment, changing into one other draw. Simply adjoining, a terraced plein-air zone with a weathered ipe ceiling (the results of a second-floor overhang) serves as a cigar lounge, recreation room, and screening space. Concrete benches and terraced steps accommodate sitting or lounging, whereas the ceiling hosts a hidden projector that drops down, reworking your entire space into an out of doors movie show with three ranges of seating for 30-50 viewers.
Chosen by Younger Tasks in collaboration with the spouse, the furnishings enhances the property’s pure panorama and the general sensation of leisure and ease that the homeowners hope the house embodies. “The proprietor’s objective is to provide the home a particular really feel: what’s the odor and what are the touches that make it really feel particular,” says Younger. “They need to create a exact place and reminiscence for the household and their visitors.” The structure aspires to discover a steadiness with the panorama and the varied set of actions from yoga retreats to household reunions.
With this in thoughts, the inside palette is modern and tropical, with a concentrate on colours, textures, and pure woods. The bottom ground is dominated by saturated hues: The lounge options deep emerald inexperienced materials, the eating room is punctuated by a teal Venetian plaster wall behind a customized black lacquer built-in and the library by a deep navy wall behind mahogany shelving. In distinction, the second-floor bedrooms are ethereal and earthy. With a concentrate on impartial tones and textiles, rattan surfaces intersect with white alabaster terrazzo flooring and occasional accents of coloration and materials. The main bedroom incorporates a customized textile display screen by Hiroko Takeda and KWH, whereas the visitor suites have a light-blush Venetian plaster accent wall. Furnishings and ornamental objects had been sourced from each native Dominican designers (Casa Alfarera, Ysabela Molini) and boutique New York-based designers (Kai Wei Hsu, Hiroko Takeda, Hollis & Morris, MVG MTNS, Egg Collective, and Chen & Kai), together with a number of commissions organized by Colony Design.
Past the Retreat Home, different buildings throughout the compound encourage non-public reflection and wellness, every with a singular perform and aesthetic. The Glitch Home is the primary constructing guests encounter when arriving on the property from the jungle aspect, setting the tone for the buildings that comply with, all of which draw closely from their pure environment. “Slightly than marking this second with an outlined boundary or gatehouse, Glitch Home surprisingly smears itself into the jungle panorama,” says Marciniak. “It’s a trace in direction of the immersive experiences that information the design for the Retreat usually.” The 2-story residence, which homes workers and boasts 330-square-feet of accessible roof gardens, consists of concrete masonry block (CMU block) and flat CMU partitions which are oriented in an oscillating grid, with exterior surfaces clad in over 10,000 hand-painted encaustic cement tiles in good blues, turquoises, greens, and yellows that allude to a camouflage sample.
Nearer to the Retreat Home, the Visitor Home is a quiet, sun-drenched 4-bedroom, 4-bathroom oasis for added visitors. The constructing includes a sequence of 4 an identical suites whose orientations rotate underneath a single roof, the place the shaded areas between every bed room create shared out of doors areas. The orientation of the construction was decided by two towering, age-old ficus bushes (affectionately referred to as the Avatar and child Avatar by the architects) positioned within the adjoining clearing; every suite provides a view of one of many two bushes by means of full-wall image home windows positioned on the foot of every mattress. Situated in the one space on the plush property that may be a pure clearing, the house is barely faraway from the shade of the jungle cover and receives a major quantity of direct daylight. It additionally has the capability to function lodging and studio area for visiting artists, appearing as one thing of a artistic residency.
Adjoining to the shore, the Rock Home and Yoga Pavilion change into zones targeted on considerate train, meditation, and leisure. The Rock Home nestles on the seashore’s edge as a unified assortment of six stone-like plenty—a geometry broadly suggestive of naturally eroded rock formations or unusual ruins. Inside, the six cavities accommodate an open-air therapeutic massage area, an underground sauna, a chilly plunge pool, a remedy room, and steam and out of doors showers. On the beachside Yoga Pavilion, a big cantilevered roof provides shade and rain cowl for group yoga classes, music performances, and alfresco dinners overlooking the ocean. The roof itself is an expansive ipe yoga deck, bounded by an infinity-edge water function on all sides and providing sprawling, uninterrupted views of the Dominican coast.