Parr House / Pezo von Ellrichshausen Architects

Architects: Pezo von von Ellrichshausen ArchitectsMauricio Pezo, Sofia von Ellrichshausen
Location: Galvarino st 1983, Chiguayante,
Project date: 2006
Construction date: 2007-2008
Plot area: 2.835 m2
Built area: 532 m2
Architecture photography: Cristobal Palma
Model photography: Ana Crovetto

Models: Juan Mellado, Carolina Merino, Maria Paz Palma
Structure: Claudio Sepúlveda
Construction: Claudio Bravo
Sanitary project: Marcelo Valenzuela
Electrical project: Juan Aroca
Heating project: Mauricio Comas
Constructive system: Reinforced concrete, wooden beams

This is both a huge and a small house. It doesn’t have extended rooms but instead a series of rooms that repeat themselves and some functions that are doubled according to the traditional Chilean country life. The house is located in a small farm where, until not long ago, stood the owner’s old house where his childhood was spent. It’s a setting filled with memories.

The witnesses of those moments are different kinds of fruit trees (from cherry tress to walnut trees) and native tress (from palm trees to araucarias). Beyond this suburban site there isn’t much; at least nothing visually attractive. Hence, the program extends horizontally in order to, besides occupying the depth of these gardens, conquering a sort of interior introspection and invisibility of its external presence.

The irregular structure, somewhat labyrinthic, together with establishing a series of variations responding to the size and proximity among rooms, contains nine patios open to the sky. Something similar to nine openings that control the density of the plan. The floor has no variation of levels. If the roominess of some spaces was made possible by elevating the ceilings to the equivalent of two floors, this decision couldn’t affect the patios by casting a shade over them. We therefore established two inclinations: that of the roofs, that always descends towards the patios (allowing only the shade casted by the vertical walls); and that of the ceilings, whose vertex sliced by natural light openings is located depending on the furniture of each room.

The weight of a tile mantle (that in some aspect resembles that of the old wooden house) hangs from these fourteen truncated prisms. Having small metal pieces is the only way of eliminating the seams at the edge (as if it were one of Burri´s collages) and through them of noticing the industrial yet crafted nature embodied in its surfaces.

Cite: "Parr House / Pezo von Ellrichshausen Architects" 02 Feb 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed 29 May 2015. <>
  • doc

    What a nice concept! A really intelligent idea to manage a deep house!!! a dram!

  • Jeison

    What a nice house. Never seen so many intern gardens in one single house. It works wonderfuly. Simple and elegant. Congratulations to the team that brought that house up.

  • Erling

    Love the way the house is build around the palmtree. Never seen so many atriums in af villa before. Quite innovative.

  • christos

    why are there so many in-ward looking atriums if you have such a beautiful nature around the house? what is the need for atriums? the house should be designed looking outwards!! It seems that the deep layout was planed without a good reason but for the sake of having atriums.

  • David Basulto
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    This house it´s not really located in the countryside, it´s more like a mix neighborhood. But it is an urban area of the town. The pictures make it hard to see the real environment, but in person, the operation seems logical.

  • Leo

    Its a bit like SANNA’s concept with thoughtful skylight. The footprint is quite large though. Very nice house. The concept of bringing nature inside is really working well.

  • gus

    i question the ability of finding your way around in this house. i would rather prefer seeing a couple of atriums used like main structuring elements.

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  • Luka

    I love this house, mysterious and original, really refreshing

  • Kangaceiro Gozador

    ARCHITECTURE OF 1950 with a new skin…

    Owners don´t have money …or no haven´t head ?

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