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  7. Las Escaleras Country House / Prado Arquitectos

Las Escaleras Country House / Prado Arquitectos

  • 11:00 - 6 June, 2016
Las Escaleras Country House / Prado Arquitectos
Las Escaleras Country House  / Prado Arquitectos, © Daniel Pinilla
© Daniel Pinilla

© Daniel Pinilla © Daniel Pinilla © Daniel Pinilla © Daniel Pinilla + 34

  • Architects

  • Location

    Hualpén, Chile
  • architect in Charge

    Cristián Prado, Tomás Prado, Raúl Espinoza
  • Area

    425.0 m2
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

  • Collaborator Architect

    Katia González, Daniel Pinilla
  • Structural Engineer

    Juan Marcus Schwenk
  • Electrical Engineer

    Isidora Gouet
  • Healt Care Project

    Marcelo Valenzuela
  • Contractor

    Juan Pablo Grau
  • More Specs Less Specs
© Daniel Pinilla
© Daniel Pinilla

Text description provided by the architects. A house on the edge of the cliffs, 60 m above the sea, on Tumbes’s Península, at the Bío-Bío Region.

© Daniel Pinilla
© Daniel Pinilla

The concept of full dedication to the presence of the Pacific Ocean conditions the architectural gesture to an attitude of simplicity and modesty in space and formal resources to let flow the previous landscape.

© Daniel Pinilla
© Daniel Pinilla

In this way, the architectural program resolves in basic and essentials volumes with, literally, longitudinal black containers sitting in the descending levels of the edge and unaligned to not alter or touch the endemic and centennial vegetation of Peumos, Boldos, Ulmos.

© Daniel Pinilla
© Daniel Pinilla

The volume set adapts and submits to the arboreal primacy of the landscape. From the way of arrival, the dark and tight containers transform into illuminated, open and transparent spaces towards the immanent sea prominence once you discover the home access point.

Site Plan
Site Plan
© Daniel Pinilla
© Daniel Pinilla

Therefore, the architectural program flows and spills by the North-East wing where the bedrooms are located or the North-West wing where you will find the social chambers; between them, only the intercommunication staircase. The open and continuous interior is modulated by the constant rate made of the repeated solid wood trusses. These are made of 8x8” Cypress’s logs as the columns and beams and configure large slightly inclined planes at the ceiling.

Ground Plan
Ground Plan

As a consequence of the Ralco dam, time and reservoir drain, it was created a submerge Andean forest, a perfect black jungle where we can find pieces of cypress wood of 8x8”, from where we obtain wooden beams, columns and roof trusses which have a slightly tilted view of the sky.


Complementary materiality also refers to few items; Interior volumes in bare concrete, cement look floors or walls covered in wood, or black and white synthetic surfaces, denoting their status as living space accessory or complementary objects.

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Cite: "Las Escaleras Country House / Prado Arquitectos" 06 Jun 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884