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House 39 / Alex Plana

  • Architects: Alex Plana
  • Location: Curicó, VII Región del Maule, Chile
  • Contractor: José Luis Pavez
  • Structural Engineer: Ariel Avendaño
  • Area: 255.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Pablo Blanco

© Pablo Blanco © Pablo Blanco © Pablo Blanco © Pablo Blanco

© Pablo Blanco
© Pablo Blanco

From the architect. 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.

© Pablo Blanco
© Pablo Blanco

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

© Pablo Blanco
© Pablo Blanco

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.

© Pablo Blanco
© Pablo Blanco

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.

© Pablo Blanco
© Pablo Blanco

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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