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Pirihueico House / Alejandro Aravena

  • 00:00 - 9 May, 2008
Pirihueico House / Alejandro Aravena
Pirihueico House / Alejandro Aravena, © Cristobal Palma
© Cristobal Palma

© Cristobal Palma © Cristobal Palma © Cristobal Palma © Cristobal Palma +30

  • Architects

  • Location

    Pirihueico Lake, Panguipulli, Los Ríos Region, Chile
  • Architects

    Alejandro Aravena, Jorge Christie, Victor Oddó
  • Materials

    Stone, Wood, Glass
  • Budget

    1.000 US$ / m2
  • Area

    350.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2004
  • Photographs

© Cristobal Palma
© Cristobal Palma

From the architect. We were asked to design a summer/winter house in a remote landscape in the most southern part of Chile. More than a design, the client wanted, first of all, an equation that included every possible aspect that one could consider to be included; the design then had to be just the resolution of that equation.

© Cristobal Palma
© Cristobal Palma

A volcanic site, 4.000 mm of rain every year, strong winds from the north and east, views towards the lake (east) and the forest (west), considerations of the difficulty of bringing materials to this remote place, erasure of any a priori architectural language (be it old or contemporary) were the ingredients of this unknown dish, that should have the capacity to sound familiar once developed.

First Floor Plan
First Floor Plan
© Cristobal Palma
© Cristobal Palma
Second Floor Plan
Second Floor Plan

Being the weather condition very extreme, we started taking as less risk as possible; that's why we began from the double sloped conventional roof. Slowly, we moved on, deforming it, looking for the views, avoiding the winds, using the frame windows as the arriving or starting points of the slopes. 

© Cristobal Palma
© Cristobal Palma

This acceptance-rejection logic of the operations, explain the geometry of the second floor; the first floor on the contrary, is a dry resistance box, able to deal with earthquakes and with the solitude this type of houses have to deal with, great part of the year.

Section
Section

Stones and wood came from the clearence made in the site for the house. The darkness of the object, will be a way to restitute the original density of the place.

© Cristobal Palma
© Cristobal Palma

Cite: "Pirihueico House / Alejandro Aravena" 09 May 2008. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/551/pirihueico-house-alejandro-aravena/>
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7 Comments

Jan · May 06, 2014

Hi, can anyone tell me what kind of stone that is? is it local volcanic? thanks

eloy domínguez · July 13, 2012

Chile house http://t.co/yAR0xjKe

Yavuz Bozkurt · June 30, 2012

that wood, painted with oil paint? or what

Afonso Condi · June 18, 2010

Casa Pirihueico Alejandro Aravena / | archdaily http://bit.ly/aNZio5

LargoJax · March 29, 2009

A dream house. Great use of materials and color for the exterior. Would've been great with some accent colors on those bland interior walls. The views are great through those awesome windows especially the kitchen!

Arman · January 28, 2009

Amazing.

Rob · May 10, 2008

Really amazing architecture in the deep south of the world...

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