House N°2 / Martin Hurtado

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  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2014
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers:  Nuprotec
  • ICA: 5638
  • Collaborators: Raimundo Arteaga, Francisco Durán, Sebastián Erazo, Andrés Suarez
  • Construction: Roberto Gutiérrez, Constructora Marchetti
  • Structures: Alberto Ramírez Covo
  • Plumbing: Asesorías y Proyectos JV
  • Electrical: Ahimco Ingeniería Eléctrica
  • Site Area: 137300 m2
  • Country: Chile
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Cortesía de Martin Hurtado

Text description provided by the architects. The program for a vacation house is a navigation chart, a script that determines how to organize the life of a family and their guests inside a home. A detailed list of requirements that combines areas exclusively for the family and their guests, service areas and at the center, a spacious living area segregated into areas for parents, children and guests, alternating the "community ceiling" with the individuality of each group.


The site lays out these areas according to the path of the sun, the views and the relationship with the neighbors. Bedrooms to the east, common living rooms to the north with wide views of the lake and forest, and services to the west.

Cortesía de Martin Hurtado

The structure of the house is based on a concrete and stone base that builds a new ground, flat and dry, isolated from the soil moisture. The vertical body is based on a structure of prefabricated plywood that displays its skeleton and gives it an expression according to the size of the building, topped by a continuous roof that unifies the diversity of the program under a single roof with an eave that controls the entry of natural light during summer, and during winter brings light into the spacious living rooms, like a large atrium at the scale of the landscape. The roof becomes the protagonist, protecting from the intense winter rain and abundant summer sunshine.

Cortesía de Martin Hurtado

An exterior homogeneous gray color unifies the volume and subtracts prominence from the shape of the building, which will eventually blend with the colorful garden, forest and surrounding landscape.

Cortesía de Martin Hurtado

In contrast, the interiors are bright and warm, based on a combination of different finishes of radiata pine, oak and mañío wood in light colors so as to achieve continuity where the eye is wrapped in an atmosphere rather than contained by endless conflicting shapes.


The layout of the openings and windows plays with the freedom to choose relationships of interest, allowing a variety of links between interior and exterior according to the requirements of community and privacy outlined in the initial program.

Cortesía de Martin Hurtado

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Cite: "House N°2 / Martin Hurtado" [Casa N°2 / Martin Hurtado] 19 Jun 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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