House 39 / Alex Plana

  • 17 Apr 2013
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Architects: Alex Plana
Location: Curicó, VII Región del Maule,
Contractor: José Luis Pavez
Structural Engineer: Ariel Avendaño
Area: 255 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Pablo Blanco

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Casa 39 (House 39) is a 255 sq m house with a simple floor plan for a family that needs three bedrooms. Additionally, a small living room, which could be turned into a fourth bedroom service or guestroom in the future, is set slightly farther away from the kitchen area.

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The house is nestled in a eucalyptus forest to the east of Curicó in Chile’s seventh region.

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During the construction process, we sought to preserve the forest as much as possible, which implied building the house on a site with substantial permanent shade. As a result, a central feature of the design is a 5X2.5 m interior courtyard, which serves to distribute the space and ensure the common areas are well-lit.

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Moreover, the living room was raised from a height of 2.55 m to 5.1 in order to both take advantage of the natural light and create a view of the forest canopy.

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The southern face of the house is hermetically sealed off from its immediate neighbor by a black slate wall, which opens towards the east, where most of the vegetation is located.

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    Needless to say, the design is stunning. But one question, why now we have so many house just be built in the middle of the wood like this? are we continuously invade the forest! I feel worried

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