REPUBLIC OF COSTA RICA


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GENERAL INFORMATIONS: Architecture

Adobe houses

The houses from the colonial times, are painted in bright colours. They have two-sloped roofs that reach even above the verandas. Their walls are consists of bamboo or wooden frames and adobe-sundried bricks made of mud, cattle blood, eggs white, limes and horse dung. The typical such a buildings are situated in Barva village (Heredia province), Liberia (among others the La Agonia church is made of them).


Towns

In the middle of almost each Costa Rica`s town and village in front of the church there is a football court or a park with so called kiosko. (The exception is Limon). The majority of streets in the towns has chess-board structure. The quadrate surfaces between them are called blocks and measure 100 metres of width.


Puertas del sol

In Alajuela houses are distinguished by so called "puertas del sol" (doorways of the sun). They are designed to let both mornings and afternoons sunlights into north-facing corner houses. Many of such a buildings are placed off the city narrow streets. Inside many of them there are classical courtyard and big rooms with high ceilings and XIX-century murals. The kitchens are at the rear side of the houses and are opened onto the courtyards.


Tile mosaics

In the years of 1908-1940 were popular the tile mosaics. They were used in homes of the rich, in the churches and business offices. The person known for making them was Adela Jimenez (a wife of famous designer Lesmes Jimenez Bonnefil). She carried the mosaic tile factory.


 
2004; SLUPSK; Rafal Cezary Piechocinski