Winner 2021 North America competition

Casa Las Vistas

Escazu, San José Province, Costa Rica
Taller KEN
Building Company:
AIE Construction
Italgraniti; Ornamenta


Andres Garcia Lachner

Set into a hillside in San José, Costa Rica, Casa Las Vistas’ refined material palette, floor-to-ceiling windows, and curated furnishings draw attention to the lush natural surroundings.
The designers at Taller KEN made extensive use of porcelain tile throughout the space, which, as a single-family residence home to young children, demanded functional, low-maintenance materials. Nordic stone-look porcelain floor tiles from Italgraniti in a calming, neutral palette ground the main living area and compliment the natural wood and concrete used throughout the room. Dark, metal-effect ceramic wall tiles – also from Italgraniti – serve as a contrasting backdrop for the home’s skylit indoor garden. In the kitchen, Ornamenta’s graphic geometric wall tiles decorate the backsplash, pairing nicely with concrete-effect tiles by Italgraniti on the floor. The minimalist palette continues upstairs, with marble-look Ornamenta tiles covering the master bathroom floors and walls, and light-colored tiles from a metal-inspired Italgraniti collection lining the outdoor shower.