Claro House / Juan Carlos Sabbagh

  • 25 Aug 2013
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© Francisca Polanco

Architects: Juan Carlos Sabbagh
Location: Hacienda Chicureo, , Santiago,
Project Architects: Juan Carlos Sabbagh, Gonzalo Cardemil
Project Area: 411.8 sqm
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Francisca Polanco

Structures: INGEVSA (Eduardo Valenzuela)
Construction: Alcoy
Heating: Nat Clima
Electricity: Concha & Gana
Lighting: Oriana Ponzini
Automation: Home Control S.A.
Landscape: Piera Sartori
Soil Mechanics: GEOFUN
Site Supervision: Ramon Goldsack Y Asociados
Plumbing: Jose Giaretti
Total Ground Area: 2,383 sqm
Project Year: 2007
Materials: Concrete, stone, wood

From the architect. 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

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

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

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

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

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.

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  • marmef

    Que problema se presenta cuando los propietarios no entienden nada y ponen muebles de pésimo mal gusto