Cien House / Pezo von Ellrichshausen

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  • Collaborators: Bernhard Maurer, Eleonora Bassi, Valeria Farfan, Michael Godden
  • Site Area: 530 m2
  • Client: Pezo von Ellrichshausen Ltda
  • Structures: Patricio Bonelli
  • Construction: Ricardo Ballesta
  • Plumbing: Marcelo Valenzuela
  • Electrical: Jaime Tatter
  • Construction System: Reinforced concrete
  • Exterior Finishes: Exposed aggregate, galvanized steel framing
  • Interior Finishes: concrete and painted wood, eucalyptus wood and polished slabs
  • Model Photography: Ana Crovetto
  • Project Photography: Cristóbal Palma
  • Architects: Pezo von Ellrichshausen
  • Design Team: Mauricio Pezo, Sofía von Ellrichshausen
  • Country: Chile
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Text description provided by the architects. From the number of steps on the path up the hill, the height of an old cypress reminiscent those described by Pater, to the precise dimension that sets the podium a whole number above sea level, serve as decisive matches to explain the format of its silhouette. But the reasons that model a house are always others, always the same ones.

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Within two unified formats, that of a large plan and another concentrated one, we layout the same unit twelve times: a square figure divided asymmetrically into four pieces. Sometimes central, sometimes laterally and others diagonally, each unit keeps a different relationship between the parts. Eventually, the pieces below will deal with the heavy work of the studio.

© Cristóbal Palma

The pieces above with the almost immaterial daily routines, always devising constructions from the air to produce them later elsewhere. Between these two factual worlds, domestic life is reserved, in turn regulated by a large day room and a pair of stacked rooms for the night. The living room floor slopes towards the west. By keeping the lintels on a single horizon, the progressive sequence of frames makes their depth relative. Entering the living room is equivalent to diving under the platform of the whole number. Against a mirror that shows inside what was on the other side of the street, one arrives at the studio. To enter the tower is a form of blindness. Here, the cypress turned into board becomes locked in a continuous spiral, which with a gray melancholy, gradually returns the view while climbing.

© Cristóbal Palma

The construction is a monolithic and regular concrete sediment with exposed aggregate. Only a slight change in the grain marks the difference between the podium and the tower. Inside, all the walls are covered by painted wood panels, barely thick and pierced by the galvanized steel frames that hold the windows.

Axonometrica © Pezo von Ellrichshausen

Watch here the previously published video of Cien House, by Cristobal Palma.

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Cite: "Cien House / Pezo von Ellrichshausen" [Casa Cien / Pezo von Ellrichshausen] 13 Jan 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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