Project Area201.0 m2
PhotographyNico Saieh, Cristián Dominguez
MaterialsMetal structure, fibre cement and wood cladding
Text description provided by the architects. Footprint
The commission for this seasonal home located in a subdivision near Lake Villarrica, required the design of a volume located at the center of the plot, to build the smallest possible footprint and a low building height. As a response, we devised a coiled shape, which like a croissant, reduces the extent of the house, sets a center within it, and has a perimeter that constructs a figure composed of many faces.
Volume and Figure
The broken and twisted perimeter of the volume fulfills a double function. On one hand, it turns the enclosures to the exterior views, while addressing the multiple fronts imposed by the location of the house through its different faces and facades. The center of the figure in turn contains the access courtyard to the house, a common area surrounded and shared by the circulation and public rooms.
Within this twisted form of low-rise, efforts were made to achieve spatial continuity and light gain. Enclosures constructed lengths through the summation and extension of each other, resulting in continuity of perspectives and circulation.
This continuity is highlighted through a skylight that runs the sheet that covers and defines the roof of the house. Due to the requirement of a low height, making this skylight results from the break and fold of this sheet, increasing light and ventilation through the roof.