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As completion of construction nears, noted Costa Rica architect Ronald Zürcher talks about his new collection of Four Seasons Private Residences and the evolution of Papagayo style.
By Niki Jensen | October 30, 2019
Four Seasons
Real Estate

For his latest creation, Four Seasons Private Residences Prieta Bay at Peninsula Papagayo, noted Costa Rican architect Ronald Zurcher found inspiration in the repeating patterns found in flora, fauna and pre-Columbian seals discovered on the property.

As construction of the new enclave nears completion, we asked Zürcher how he is feeling about his latest design evolution.

Your vision of organic sublimity will soon become a reality. Are you happy with the transformation so far?

Zürcher: I’m thrilled with how well the structures and interior spaces are integrating with the environment. There is excellent transparency and dimmed natural light, creating beautiful, diverse experiences from sunrise to sundown..

Sunset on Prieta Bay.
Sunset on Prieta Bay

There has been lots of positive feedback from homeowners so far. Several comments related to a sense of solidness in the construction. What made the difference?

Zürcher: Good buildings come from good people, and this was a total team effort. A deep foundation system helped a great deal, which enabled us to transfer building loads farther down from the surface. In the process, we were able to achieve longer spans with lighter structural elements on the top floors.

Arrival at Four Seasons Private Residences Prieta Bay at Peninsula Papagayo.
Arrival at Four Seasons Private Residences Prieta Bay at Peninsula Papagayo.

As an architect, what excites you most about these new homes?

I would say the sense of place and natural transition between indoor and outdoor spaces. I love how the organic forms look from a distance, and the intimate spaces achieved by the undulating structures. The copper roofs came out even better than we imagined.

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Four Seasons Resort & Residences

Eco-luxury reimagined—the first Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Resort in Central and South America

Andaz Costa Rica Resort

A kaleidoscope of style and local culture with 3 restaurants, 2 beaches and Onda Spa

Marina Village

Marina Suites, Dive Bar, Ship Store and new gourmet market. Phase 2 of the village currently in pre-development.

Marina Papagayo

Costa Rica’s preferred superport and gateway to the Pacific featuring 180 state-of-the-art slips and tailored dockside services

Golf Clubhouse, Tennis Center & Bike Center

The iconic golf clubhouse is home to the pro shop and popular Caracol Restaurant. The adjoining Tennis Center features four Har-Tru green clay courts and one grass court.

Prieta Beach Club

The ultimate members’ hideaway features a fabulous owner’s lounge, fitness center, spa and the popular Sunset Restaurant.

Golf Practice Facility

A picturesque setting to warm up before venturing out for the ultimate eco-golf experience, featuring multiple target greens and a short game practice area.

Future Macaw Sanctuary

A refuge for all seasons, protecting one of the last wild populations of scarlet macaws.

Nature Center

Basecamp for exploration and gateway to the peninsula’s extraordinary biological corridor.

Exclusive Resorts

Experience the culinary wonders of Executive Chef Nicolas Devenelle at Poro Poro—one of 11 dining venues on the peninsula.


Now selling—whole ownership oceanfront villas and estate homes on beloved Prieta Bay, managed by Four Seasons.

Andaz Beach House

Locally inspired food and drink on one of Travel + Leisure’s most beautiful beaches.

Interact with the master plan for a tour of current and future resort amenities.