Fire House / Cazú Zegers

Fire House / Cazú Zegers
El Ranco Province, Chile
  • Architects: Cazú Zegers
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  1997
  • Photographs Photographs:  Juan Purcell
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Ducasse Industrial, Fanaloza
  • Collaborators:Francisco Chateau. Andrea Pesqueira
  • Client:Carmen García D.
  • Construction:Teobaldo Soto y familia
  • Structures:Ruiz y Saavedra Ingenieros
  • Technical Inspection:Francisco Flaño
  • Other Crafts:Alejandro Pastene
  • City:El Ranco Province
  • Country:Chile
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© Juan Purcell
© Juan Purcell

Text description provided by the architects. The purpose of this house is to build a family gathering place that could host during one month up to eight families concurrently or receive a single person alone in winter.

© Juan Purcell
© Juan Purcell
© Juan Purcell
© Juan Purcell

Previously poetry says Casa del Fuego, because it is founded on a territory of ancient volcanic eruptions: it is a land of volcanoes, ancient and powerful. Moreover, the first architectural order was given around fire. The clan gathers around fire, and builds the hut. The architectural response is a family lodge, structured based on two houses. The main house and the annex or children's house.

© Juan Purcell
© Juan Purcell
© Juan Purcell
© Juan Purcell

The program is divided into three connected parts and developed together by a generating center that determines the entire space. In this center of the house are the fires, that organize the family gathering place; from there the shells peel off in centripetal form accommodating the rest of the program. The image generated by this scheme is that of the Spiral Galaxy rotating in space, which emerges from the ground and is drawn back into it; speed follows shells that bind the three bodies of interior space.

© Juan Purcell
© Juan Purcell
© Juan Purcell
© Juan Purcell

The site is the side of a hill facing lake Maihue and laterally facing a natural golf court; the slope can generate uneven floor heights.

© Juan Purcell
© Juan Purcell

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Cite: "Fire House / Cazú Zegers" [Casa del Fuego / Cazú Zegers] 28 Jul 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/788481/casa-del-fuego-cazu-zegers> ISSN 0719-8884

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