House for 60 Friends / Martin Hurtado

House for 60 Friends / Martin Hurtado
© Leonardo Finotti
Santo Domingo, Chile

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  • ICA: 5638
  • Collaborators: Iván Salas, Andrés Suarez, Ignacio Correa, Sebastián Erazo , Raimundo Arteaga
  • Construction: Heriberto Covarrubias Sinn
  • Structures: Alberto Ramírez Covo
  • Plumbing: José Naranjo
  • Site Area: 5004 m2
  • City: Santo Domingo
  • Country: Chile
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© Leonardo Finotti

Text description provided by the architects. Community and privacy: together but not mixed.

The size of a house is usually set by the extension of the program. In this case: a separate apartment for the homeowners, an average area for the family and an estimated amount of 60 friends, and a third sector for married children with their families.

Site Plan

The site is on a hillside overlooking a river canyon near the coast of central Chile. We opt for a linear arrangement of the program in a single corridor, where the circulation is transformed into a gallery-living room that links the more private bedrooms and services with common spaces, terraces and landscape in a continuous gathering place. The need for privacy, characteristic of a vacation home, is calibrated by breaks in the gallery-corridor forming pockets of intimacy. There is no predominant orientation, and we expressly avoid the frontal view. On the circulation path, the gathered people and the landscape are protagonists. A large wall with small perforations protects the privacy of the public street and houses in its folds differentiated accesses for the homeowners and their guests.

Courtesy of Martin Hurtado

The materials are determined by a resource economy: exposed concrete, steel and glass crudely finished by local labor.


The house, by its nature and extent, hosts an act of celebration: that of its owners, their family and 60 friends.

Courtesy of Martin Hurtado

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Cite: "House for 60 Friends / Martin Hurtado" [Casa 60 Amigos / Martin Hurtado] 23 Jun 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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