‘The house is located in Catemito, 20 km south of Santiago in Chile’s central valley, at the foot of Chena hill.
The site is part of a medium intensity production agricultural plot at which the house was not to be exposed.
The strategy proposes a one level volume that accommodates the linear disposition of the program.
To make even more dramatic relationship with the landscape, the initial volume is extruded in the vertical plane, forming skylights at key points, also creating double heights and a visual tension to the landscape. Similarly, extruded volumes in the horizontal plane, form intermediate spaces such as terraces, access and service garage.
The location of windows and skylights is also due to the need to create cross ventilation, keeping temperatures pleasant during the summer months.
The materiality of the project is reinforced masonry, material characteristic of the area, painted dark gray on the outside, contrasting with the white aluminium profiles used for skylights and glass windows, and inside the house which is also white.
The plan aims to have maximum flexibility in the public program. The enclosures can form a single space when the sliding door separating the kitchen to the dining room is open, hiding the wall that separates the terrace.’