House at Punta Chilen / dRN Arquitectos

© Max Núñez

Architects: dRN Arquitectos – Nicolás del Rio – Max Núñez
Location: , Chile
Collaborator: Andrés Soffia
Building contractor: Nicolás Aranguiz
Project area: 276 sqm
Project year: 2009
Photographs: Felipe Camus, Max Núñez

© Felipe Camus

Unlike the abrupt topography of continental Chile, the soft slopes and the extended horizon of the Island of Chiloé defines a distinct landscape. Constant rains, strong winds and a tidal variation of up to eight meters, characterize its harsh and always changing shores. The site, located in the tip of a peninsula facing the northeast, offers an open view at 360º. On a clear day seven volcanoes can be identified at the distant background of the Andes, most of them, like the Chaitén Volcano, are still active. The house lies as a strange element in the shore, an unfamiliar object resting on the site, as if it was ready to take off with a strong wind. Its undefined geometry is not attached to the ground, the connections to its terrain are defined by its interior views to the outside. On the first floor a rhythmic repetition of columns carries the structure to the perimeter, liberating part of the floor plan. This over structured density of columns fragments the views of the surroundings, while its moving shadows change the interiors throughout the day.

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© Felipe Camus

Above the platform of the first floor a steel structure covers an open floor plan. This second level, more open and detached from the ground, allows a panoramic view of the horizon. The uneven geometry of the roof creates a concave space whose irregular perimeter contrasts with the predominant horizontal landscape. A protected living space with unusual dimensions from where to enjoy the rainy days of Chiloe.

Cite: "House at Punta Chilen / dRN Arquitectos" 30 Mar 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 25 May 2015. <>
  • up_today_arch

    I like first floor structure….

  • Julie K.

    Great house, I would move there immediately if I had a chance. I love houses built next to lakes or on the coast especially if these are extravagant and sunny. This house exceeds all my expectations for such type of a house. It’s a shame we don’t have many houses like this up here in Canada.

  • d pinochet

    this is an example of goog architecture. this is a breath of fresh air between a lot of disposable projects. thumbs up for this grat house.
    i love one thing about this prohject… how they took advantage of the landscape with one elemental operation, leaving the bedrooms in the first floor. and of course, the public areas of the house, in the second floor, elemental but not obvious.