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Claro House / Juan Carlos Sabbagh

  • 01:00 - 25 August, 2013
  • Translated by Lorena Quintana
Claro House / Juan Carlos Sabbagh
Claro House / Juan Carlos Sabbagh, © Francisca Polanco
© Francisca Polanco

© Francisca Polanco © Francisca Polanco © Francisca Polanco © Francisca Polanco +19

  • Architects

  • Location

    Colina, Chile
  • Project Architects

    Juan Carlos Sabbagh, Gonzalo Cardemil
  • Project Area

    411.8 m2
  • Project Year

  • Photography

    Francisca Polanco
  • Structures

    INGEVSA (Eduardo Valenzuela)
  • Construction

  • Heating

    Nat Clima
  • Electricity

    Concha & Gana
  • Lighting

    Oriana Ponzini
  • Automation

    Home Control S.A.
  • Landscape

    Piera Sartori
  • Soil mechanics

  • Site supervision

    Ramon Goldsack Y Asociados
  • Plumbing

    Jose Giaretti
  • Total ground area

    2383 m2
  • Project Year

  • Materials

    Concrete, stone, wood
  • More SpecsLess Specs

The project consists of a single family house located in Hacienda de Chicureo, in the district of Colina.

Chicureo is very hot during summer, which is why the starting point of the project was to address the climate issue.

© Francisca Polanco
© Francisca Polanco

This is why the house is designed in a single floor based on courtyards, to protect it with the shadows of the trees, and so that it is close to the soil moisture. We also use stone walls, which contribute to the protection from high sun exposure from the west with their great mass.

© Francisca Polanco
© Francisca Polanco

Architecturally, the house is built from a series of slabs that form horizontal layers containing planters and the roof. These slabs are perforated or supported on exposed concrete or stone walls.

© Francisca Polanco
© Francisca Polanco

Two of these stone walls break the roof slab and are taller to allow the appearance of the two main interior courtyards of the house that make up the landscape inside, bringing light, sunlight in winter, ventilation in summer, and also give form to the interior program.


In this way, the house is divided into two areas, the more public and service area (such as living room, dining room, kitchen) and the private area (bedrooms and family room).

© Francisca Polanco
© Francisca Polanco

To the east are the bedrooms with views of the mountains and the morning sun. To the north, the main living room and dining areas are protected by a large covered terrace, and face the golf course. On both facades, an overhang protects from rain and sun.

© Francisca Polanco
© Francisca Polanco

To the west, we intended to protect from the sun and to blend with the environment. Thus, the facade is more opaque, made up from a great stone wall that is interrupted intermittently in the manner of the 'pircas', typical of the surrounding fields.

Cite: "Claro House / Juan Carlos Sabbagh" [Casa Claro / Juan Carlos Sabbagh] 25 Aug 2013. ArchDaily. (Trans. Quintana, Lorena) Accessed . <>
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