Text description provided by the architects. This project is located in the north of the big island of Chiloé, in an area called Huei hue, where the sea penetrates the land as a stretchmark, weaving a close relationship between land and sea.
The terrain is located in a sort of a peninsula from where it strategically dominates the relations with its surroundings: on the one hand, the inland entries of the sea that come from this arm, and on the other hand the immeasurable Gulf of Ancud, having as its backdrop the detachment of the Andes and its volcanoes, generously receiving the light from the east, north and west, and thus exposing itself incidentally to the strong winds and rain coming from the northwest.
These natural conditions combined with a specific assignment for a joined but dispersed single family housing, suggest that the project has the capacity to consider its different uses constantly. An elderly couple with grown children, grandchildren, and friends, where all need their space and where the house is not always used simultaneously. The house must adapt as much as to two people and fifteen people alike, always practical and comfortable in its different functions.
Thus, the proposal arises with a strong image of the Chilotes rural settlements, of clustering, of summation of volumes, where they are deployed in different orientations, taking advantage of the views, topography and sheltering each other from wind and rain.
In this way, a greater volume arises, the main house, which organizes roofs, terraces and two attached volumes, joined by a large terrace. These volumes emplaced each guest’s and children’s bedrooms with their own bathrooms by way of another independent houses, which is enabled only when used. That way the house is inhabited by openings and enclosures, like floodgates, which open depending on the number of members, accommodating itself to the needs and requirements in their specific times.