Los Riscos House / Rodrigo Eterovic

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Puerto Varas, Chile
  • Architects: Rodrigo Eterovic
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  220
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2011
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Text description provided by the architects. The assignment was to design a secondary house of rest, with future projections of transforming itself in a permanent home. Located on the edge of Lake Llanquihue, facing the imposing Osorno volcano and on a gentle slope of land, this house is designed with simple lines, where one of the requirements was to maintain respect for the local architecture, both in its material and its morphology and function. This is how the simple construction of the inverted roof originated, similar to the dairy barns in the X region of Chile.

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The interior design was conceived based on a central axis, which joins the common areas of the house with the sector of bedrooms. In this hall, the importance was given both to its dimensions as well as its luminosity, creating a natural light shaft in the slope of the roof. Orientation and thermal insulation were important themes in order to maintain the desired warmth, as well as the overall brightness of the house, making the most of the daylight hours.

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Another relevant requirement was the need for exterior roofing due to the long rainy seasons. The house is framed by a large terrace flying over concrete beams in view, which face the north, the lake and the volcano; and on the south side, in the same volume of the “barn”, the parking area and access.


The interior finish generates a very warm atmosphere, thanks to the prevailing native wood (Ulmo floor, Mañío interior trim), and the structure in sight (Canelo, Mañío). Similarly, the spatiality of the common room integrates the kitchen, living room, and the dining room within a large deck with exposed beams, which appreciates the total height of the volume.

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The result was a house designed honestly with its environment, with a very warm, simple interior atmosphere, adapting perfectly with its environment and climate.

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Cite: "Los Riscos House / Rodrigo Eterovic" [Casa Los Riscos / Rodrigo Eterovic] 14 May 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/371952/los-riscos-house-rodrigo-eterovic> ISSN 0719-8884

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