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Finger Joint House / LAND Arquitectos

  • Architects: LAND Arquitectos
  • Location: Nogales, Valparaíso, Chile
  • Architects: LAND Arquitectos
  • Structure: Manuel Ruiz
  • Construction: Juan Vicencio
  • Area: 277.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2009
  • Photographs: Cristóbal Palma

© Cristóbal Palma © Cristóbal Palma © Cristóbal Palma © Cristóbal Palma

From the architect. We encountered a degraded agricultural site, which takes its value primarily by the distant view to the mountains and vineyards. So we wanted to create a new landscape concept and give new values to the immediate areas within the site, through the architecture and its interaction with the site.

© Cristóbal Palma
© Cristóbal Palma

For achieving this we apply a simple strategy that we called “finger Joint” . JOINT: The point at which two parts join into an artificial structure. Architecture (artificial) + Field (artificial site, degraded agricultural land). This results in the arrangement of interlocking volumes (finger joint) with the terrain, shaping a new landscape. The "Landscaping" becomes active or functional, as these green voids in between the volumes provide ventilation and cools down the indoor temperature.

© Cristóbal Palma
© Cristóbal Palma

Also, these voids are covered with vegetation that protects the wood from the strongest sun exposure from the north avoiding premature aging. The voids as yards have a functional role for the house too. The major views from the inside were direct o to the surrounding hills and vineyards.

© Cristóbal Palma
© Cristóbal Palma

Green patios, cross-ventilation and opening to the prevailing winds to cool down the house White ventilated wooden covering on the outside walls.

© Cristóbal Palma
© Cristóbal Palma

For the complete photoset you can visit Cristobal Palma's website.

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