A Forest for a Moon Dazzler

Via ArchDaily, by Nico Saieh:

Architect: Benjamin Garcia Saxe
Location: Guanacaste, Costa Rica
Type: Residential
Budget: 40,000 USD
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Courtesy of Benjamin Garcia Sax

She wakes up when the moon is going down. The loud noise of the crickets reminds her that she is surrounded by the forest. The warmth of the rising sun filters through the leaves and warms the rough wood floors. She knows its time to make bread. The chirping has changes to bird singing. The stove heats the air and the smell seeps through every crack into the forest.

My mom goes outside to take a shower under the water tank and suddenly a sporadic rain mingles with her drops. She runs into the house and dries up with the heat of the stove.

I wake up and realize that its morning. The sun is up and there is fresh bread on the table. I can see that my mom is planting an aloe vera plant in the dirt floor of her living room. She somehow knows the perfect place for it to grow.

The sunrays begin to hit the tin roof. She opens all doors, all screens, all windows and the wind picks all of her Hindu drapes. I can also see the recently washed blankets waving on a rope that is strung from the two big trees that give shade to the house. The wind picks up the leaves and brings them into the house. My mom is always cleaning but nothing is ever clean.

There is not much to do, but she manages to keep herself busy between Tarot cards, left hand political readings, pot, and a seldom phone call. She moves about the house trying to find a place with a better signal. She has found such a place between the front door and the tree. She has placed a rock there, where she can sit to talk for hours.

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