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Kiltro House / Supersudaka

  • 01:00 - 1 December, 2009
Kiltro House / Supersudaka
Kiltro House / Supersudaka, © Supersudaka
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Talca, Chile
  • Architects

    Juan Pablo Corvalán
& Gabriel Vergara
  • Project Team

    Pablo Sepúlveda, Miguel Angel Reyes
  • Engineering

    Cesar Moreira / Sigma Ingenieros
  • Budget

  • Area

    104.0 sqm
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

From the architect. This house located in the Central Valley near Talca is almost a statement of how to accomplish architecture in Latin America.

As the design and building process were so unsteady, starting from the site -located in an almost impossible steep hill-, to the budget limitations, a very basic grid configuration evolved to a much multifaceted formal result; both simple and complex at the same time.

Curiously, the principal façade when arriving to the house is the roof, designed as a complete terrace to a 360º view of the valley but also as a structural complement underneath the deck that overtakes the horizontal forces in case of earthquakes, which allows to avoid cross-bracing in the windows towards the appealing views. This wooden “envelop” is extended and returned to block excessive sun exposure in the hot summer of central Chile zone, although lets the sun to enter in the fresh early morning and in hard winter in a more inclined angle.

Plus, natural cross ventilation through opening of all the glass planes through the patio and external façade permits a regulation of temperature in a passive mode. Unexpectedly, this calculated geometry relates almost candidly to the nearby hills topography.

© Supersudaka
© Supersudaka

Beyond demanding technical issues, the project spatial organization outcomes -as it was never determined- in a open space around the patio which includes the kitchen and could displayed as the inhabitant wishes, switching dinning room to living room or any other instance as desired. A more stable programme is the principal bedroom with a private bathroom and terrace towards the view since residents could enjoy it more during the morning and late night rather than the day. Plus, an optional studio and/or guest room in the opposed side is available aligned with a more “public” shower, toilet and laundry facilities. All fits in less than 104 M2, nevertheless all spaces connect to each other in exterior or interior ways: a continuous promenade with no dead ends as is to integrate all the spatial qualities and views of living in a steep and almost non urbanized area, nevertheless 5 minutes to the city.

All this was reached rather than in a quest for certainties, through a trial and error modus operandi whereas all design resources at reach where unconsciously or more rationally implied: from Corbusier’s 5 points for a new modern architecture, to nearby Smijan Radic’s Copper House 2, or/and references passing through Mies structural explicitness through OMA and PLOT experiments (All apologies).

The result? A mix, a bastardized design, a fusion, like a crossbreed dog, as named in Chilean: A Kiltro (mixed-breed dog).

Cite: "Kiltro House / Supersudaka" 01 Dec 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed . <>
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Marta Krivosikova · December 08, 2010

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rosi · March 03, 2010

Beautiful. The description says it was built to withstand seismic forces. How did it stand up to the recent terrible earthquake?

threads · March 01, 2010

a true FIELD house.

Sara Lund · December 11, 2009

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Jack · December 09, 2009


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Lasse Lyhne · December 03, 2009

Haha thank you for not showing a diagram where the houses are actually mating

elbilia · December 03, 2009
trimtab21 · December 03, 2009

I like the look of this house, but I wonder what provides the weather barrier under all those wood planks? Will dirt collect in the gaps between the boards causing rot? What about water leaks at all the screws through the boards? Sorry to be so practical but I have seen too many wood buildings fail to last due to weathering problems.

Thomas · December 04, 2009 09:39 PM

Beleive it or not, but wood has been used for houses for thousand of years...

zitoon · December 03, 2009

I love this house. This is so simple, and so complexe at the same time. nice concept to climb on the house thru a "promenade architecturale" and distort this square shape into a curious house. congratulation

arnold · December 03, 2009

very good Idea: very simly and contectual house. The idea to buil such forms roof - is great. Maybe it could be more choppy/wavy/rolling. But anything else: the idea between landscape and house structure - is very good.


urbanbike jcc · December 02, 2009

Kiltro House | Supersudaka (via @archdaily) Epatante structure en bois sur pilotis avec un patio central… À voir.

evan · December 02, 2009

Its hard to criticize a project made with care and effort BUT.
That wooden roof wont last more than a couple of years.
No railings at all, come on.
Its just a regular house with a complex roof. So fake with real its in the end a fake.

jonas · December 04, 2009 08:30 PM

the roof will last more than a couple of years - wooden boards in humid climates survive for decades if properly finished, don't see any reason why they shouldn't here

Thomas · December 03, 2009 12:59 AM

Its a house. What is regular about it? What do you think is missing from making it a unregular house? Are you looking for a blob? Why is it fake?

Arjan Scheer · December 02, 2009

wow, this is super!

Filip · December 02, 2009

It is reckless and irresponsible not to design railings just for the sake of beauty...These people cannot risk having children guests, or even drunk adult guests. That is sad, when You think of it. Otherwise, the house is really sweet.

Yorik · December 02, 2009

Quite cool indeed... I first thought the contrast between the "square" plan and the free-form volume was a bit weak, but I liked the "bastard dog" concept, and at the end it fits well everything together. Great job!

ezeegardening · December 02, 2009

Rt @susancohan

Interesting relationship between landscape and architecture.

susancohan · December 02, 2009

Interesting relationship between landscape and architecture.

stepienybarno · December 02, 2009

Congratulations to both architects. The project is stunning
The building totally merges with its surroundings making it seem if the construction was always there.

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jimmy · December 02, 2009

parkour! parkour!

spass · December 02, 2009

This is definitely good. It is not trying to propose a totally crazy idea, but rather keep it within reasonable limits and perfect it.

researchstudio · December 02, 2009

architecture: Kiltro House in Talca, Chile / Supersudaka (31pics) (archdaily)

james · December 02, 2009

curious diagram.

plots · December 02, 2009

this is pretty nice; good relationship between the material, form, and landscape, but that dog diagram is...mind blowing

Michael · December 02, 2009

This is a beautiful and restrained little house.
I would love to see some interior shots.
This is a good lesson for young architects;
Sometimes a little bit of whacky goes a long way.
Not everything has to be folding and warping in seven directions.
Great design!

panza · December 02, 2009

awesome - playful, yet beautiful. simple, but not schematic

Mats Lundgren · December 02, 2009

Excellent design - synthesis of ideas and considerations of occupant experience. House as landscape, grounds for exploration, glass vessel, courtyard and sky.


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