Donoso – Smith House / EMa arquitectos + Raimundo Salgado

  • 09 Jan 2013
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Architects: EMa arquitectos + 
Location: Los Dominicos, Las Condes, Metropolitan Region, Chile
Design Team: Klaus Matuschka, Orlando Etcheberrigaray, Raimundo Salgado
Constructor: Nautilus
Area: 350 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Marcelo Cáceres

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The request was not direct with the owners, was ommissioned by a commercial developer who wanted a residence that would accommodate a range of spatial needs yet stand apart from the rest of the market, the ‘Donoso House’ in Los Dominicos, Santiago, finds itself on a very particular shaped site with a steep slope, emA Arquitectos , Chilean based architects, designed two long rectangular volumes that maintain a low profile at street level but expand as one makes their way into the site, extending views over the city’s valley (south east direction).

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The lower level communicates directly to the exterior elements like the swimming pool, and contains double-height spaces and large windows that go along the topography of the complex site.

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The entry level is characterized by a clean white external surface resting upon the reinforced masonry lower section, with all the spaces on the same level.

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A double-high hall connects the two volumes that structure the house. Several patios and terraces exist throughout the dwelling, giving the owner a chance to be outdoors and creating a point for ventilation and natural light.

Roof Floor Plan
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