Text description provided by the architects. The commission was to design a small house in the middle of an old peach tree plantation. The client asked us to use traditional elements from the countryside, such as pitched roofs, clay tiles and open corridors.
Given these conditions, we design a house with characteristics from typical Chilean architecture. Our main objective was to generate a sequence of open spaces under a large deck that unifies the different areas of the house. We propose to maintain certain existing peach trees and place the volume respecting planting lines to benefit orientation.
In short, the house is composed of three main elements:
- Enclosure: Composed of concrete and stone walls containing the inside, which open and stretch to enhance certain views and connect different areas within the site.
- Concrete modules: 4 equally sized reinforced concrete modules are located with a different spatial treatment according to their program. The objective of these elements is to isolate the different rooms from each other through a wall with a habitable thickness. (cellar, barbecue-kitchen, fireplace-closet, bathroom.
- Roof: The roof is generated from an L-shaped concrete beam that runs around the perimeter of the house and whose main purpose is to absorb the weight of the large roof, and distribute it on the perimeter walls. This beam supports the wooden roof and clay tiles that run the entire length of the house and extend to the parking area.