Chalet C7 / Nicolás del Río + Max Núñez

© Erieta Attali

Architects: Nicolás Del Río + Máx Núñez
Location: Portillo, , Valparaíso Region,
Architects: Nicolás del Rio, Max Núñez
Collaborators: Heloise Gailing
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Erieta Attali

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Project Area: 295.0 sqm
Reckoner: Enzo Valladares

Chalet C7 is located in the Andes Mountains at 2900 meters from the Portillo Hotel and a few miles from Mount Aconcagua. The land is characterized by a steep and rocky topography which faces the Inca Lagoon and the “Tres Hermanos” peaks.

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The house is hidden in the slope in order to interfereas little as possible with the view of the lagoon.

© Erieta Attali

The interior has two levels. A base level, built with rocks taken from the same hill, protects from snow in the winter . This wall defines the first floor, anchoring the building to the ground; the bedrooms and private spaces of the house are located behind it. These areas, whose dimensions vary according to domestic needs, are open to the outside.

© Erieta Attali

Over the main floor is a second level completely open to the landscape and the northern lights. In this open-plan space the objects are organized in a flexible way. A robust structure of metal beams defines the tectonic quality of space and allows this open space. The exposure of the large beams, unusual in a domestic space, makes gravity visible.

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