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Poli House / Pezo von Ellrichshausen

  • 01:00 - 8 May, 2008
Poli House / Pezo von Ellrichshausen
Poli House / Pezo von Ellrichshausen

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  • Architects

  • Architects

    Pezo von Ellrichshausen
  • Structural Engineer

    Cecilia Poblete
  • Client

    Poli House Cultural Center
  • Contractors

  • Materials

    Concrete, Glass
  • Budget

    370 US$ / m2
  • Area

    180.0 sqm
  • Project Year


From the architect. The work is located on the Coliumo peninsula, in a rural setting scarcely populated by farmers, independent fishermen and a few summer tourists. It is a distant location that, we believe, is not far from the reality of the raw dream described by Martinez Estrada. There, a compact and autonomous piece was built in order to capture at least two things: the sensation of a natural podium surrounded by vastness and the dizzying and wide open space produced by the sight of the sea washing against the rocks at the foot of the cliffs.

The building functions both as a summer house and a cultural center. This established a contradictory use: the interior would have to mediate between a very public aspect and a more intimate and informal one. That is, it had to be both monumental and domestic without any of the negative aspects of either one affecting the other. Therefore, we decided not to name the rooms by function but instead to leave them nameless and functionless, just empty rooms with varying degrees of connection between them. Then we decided to organize all the service functions in an oversized perimeter (the functional width), inside a thick wall that acts as a buffer. That hollowed, empty space houses the kitchen, the vertical circulations, the bathrooms, the closets and a series of interior balconies that protect the windows from the sun (to the north) and the rain (to the west). If necessary, all the furniture and domestic objects can be stored inside the perimeter, freeing up the space for multiple activities.

The entire work was built with handmade concrete, using untreated wooden frames. The work was done with a small mixer and four wheelbarrows, in horizontal strata that matched the height of half a wooden board. We then used the same battered wood of the frames to line the interior and to build sliding panels that function both as doors to hide the services of the perimeter and as security shutters that cover the windows when the house is left alone.

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Dennis Moss Jnr · November 07, 2012


Dennis Moss Jnr · November 07, 2012

love the old fashioned axos!

Abdessamed Azarfane · July 10, 2012

Dit had best een ontwerp van mij kunnen zijn! Is het niet, maar had gekund! #architectuur #intuïtie

stefan heitmann · July 10, 2012

You should read the description of their proyects the level of complexity is tremendous.
They stand up from an uper floor, not being selfish.
but from a point in wich you simply have to know, it´s unbelievable how that level of conception ends up in that kind of form.
This is a power couple, is therefore not coincidence that Elrichhaussen will be jury in this year WAF.

Eduardo Resina · July 10, 2012

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Baptiste · March 21, 2012

Un batiment magnifique, dans le genre esthétique du dénuement

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garagecat · May 16, 2011

Stark building could have been an outpost for troops. Looks like it's been there for years.

Ond?ej Šváb · April 05, 2011

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Marta Krivosikova · January 26, 2011

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Peter Munnoch · December 03, 2010

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George Kallis · September 01, 2010

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stephanie · February 01, 2010

i finally realize that a simple box can create incredible magic

lele · April 27, 2009


shakthi · April 22, 2009

excitement is temporary.... but only simplicity is immortal... the building jus speaks....
great conception n thinking...

u · April 04, 2009

simply perfection !

Lucas Gray · April 03, 2009

I love this project. It has a great composition and site nively in the landscape. I also kind of like the abstractness of the drawings...they become works of graphic art in themselves instead of just informative instructions on how to construct the piece.

There also seems to be interesting movement and views between the interior spaces. I also like the way natural light is introduced into the interior.

Rokas · January 28, 2009

Yah,boring...No "nice curves",no "salto mortale's"...
Try to do such a boring thing-maybe then youll start to undrstand and think abouth simple-complex things...

Greg · January 28, 2009

I have to agree with carlo. But, i find the drawings really lacking, they've stripped so much out that they're harder to read than they need be, I hope not as a metaphor for the building.

Carlo · January 14, 2009

@ sky
why boring? the spaces are quite complex and the relations between the different areas and floors are exciting.
could you please motivate your conclusion?

sky · December 15, 2008

Boring design~ Terrible!!

gezlerone · November 17, 2008

UnBelivble JOB !!!!!!!!!!

nansilou · October 27, 2008


stone · October 17, 2008

omg haha i wouldnt say that livin in cube is possible!:D nice work impressive :D

jack · May 18, 2008

superb design ,takes my breath away!!


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