picket columns form open jungle home in costa rican rainforest


Ksymena Borczynska’s serene getaway interwoven with nature


Ksymena Borczynska unveils the Open Jungle Home — a serene getaway deep within the Costa Rican rainforest the place residents can cohabitate with nature and animals that wander via freely. A celebration of a detailed and unfiltered contact with nature, the off-grid residence derives from a key understanding of the surroundings and its ecosystems, conceptually developed as an area to foster exploration.


Easy in design and construction, Open Jungle Home has been designed and constructed primarily by hand by the architect and herself as a collection of light-weight picket parts and built-in with air flow and rainwater accumulating programs. Delicate to protect the engulfing nature, the undertaking marks a minimal footprint and matches onto the positioning with out eradicating any bushes and integrates the pure clay floor throughout the inside with a layer of gravel.

nestled inside the Costa Rican rainforest | all photographs courtesy of Ksymena Borczynska



wall-less open jungle home interacts with flora & fauna


After touring via Costa Rica initially of the pandemic, architect Ksymena Borczynska determined to arrange a household residence which doubles as an Airbnb within the tropical rainforest for an open, nature-infused dwelling expertise. In dialogue with its surroundings, the house permits nature to weave via and enjoys expansive open views of the engulfing natural world. The cover of bushes creates optimum shade and allows a lightweight breeze from the valley to seep in via the openings, minimizing the accumulating of warmth and humidity.


The Open Jungle Home is topped by a skinny, sloping corrugated roof supported by slender doubled columns and doubled beams, all constructed from the identical 2’’x2’’ laural — a neighborhood semi-hardwood — and anchored in a collection of small concrete foundations. The architect has developed light-weight parts and a versatile design in response to the realm’s seismic exercise and soil actions, whereas guaranteeing the house merges in sensitively with its context. By day, the construction blends in with its environment, whereas at evening, smooth heat mild defines the columns and illuminates the inside and exterior.

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Open Home Jungle enjoys unrestrained views of the encircling rainforest surroundings



integrating rainwater & air flow programs for off-grid dwelling


The vast majority of the construction and furnishings was designed and constructed by hand by Borczynska herself, whereas her companion developed off-grid water and electrical energy programs and created the lighting idea. The construction integrates a rainwater accumulating system, the place the precipitation flows from the roof into the picket gutter and provides a water and pool. Throughout heavy rainfall, curtains could be drawn across the wall-less construction to offer a translucent safety and an phantasm of ‘dancing-in-the-wind’.

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a light-weight corrugated roof tops the construction



‘Residing on this home means being in fixed and intense contact with nature. We will really feel each change in mild, wind, temperature, humidity; there’s an endlessness of smells. We received to know all of the animals which reside in and round the home, their personalities, their habits… We’re woken up by the songs of parrots and monkeys and the continual, ever-changing melody goes on all through the day,’ notes Ksymena Borczynska. Easy in design, the Open Jungle Home stays delicate to the realm’s residing eco-system, taking form with out eradicating a single tree from the rainforest and with out destroying any habitats.

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the pure clay floor is preserved and enhanced with a layer of gravel

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