BL 1 House / UMWELT

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Cáhuil, Chile
  • Architects: UMWELT
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  130
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2017
  • Photographs
    Photographs:Felipe Ugalde
  • Construction: Constructora Altamarea
  • Structural Calculation: Francisco Milla
  • Architects In Charge: Ignacio García Partarrieu, Arturo Scheidegger
  • City: Cáhuil
  • Country: Chile
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Text description provided by the architects. BL1 is a house for a young family that decided to move from the capital to the beach of Cáhuil. It is not a second home for resting or escaping during the weekends but the possibility of transforming their metropolitan lifestyle to a more informal and rural one, with a direct and constant contact with the natural environment. 

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Due to this, in addition to the traditional program of family rooms, common spaces and services, the house includes extra spaces for guests, a workshop/yoga room, a garage/logia/dressing room that can be used as a multipurpose room and an independent cabin for rent (BL 2 House)

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1 Level Floor Plan
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The 5000 square meters site with no trees or other pre-existing elements has a direct but distant view towards the ocean coinciding with the west orientation. A predominant and steady wind comes from the south, and from the north only when it rains.

Site Plan

The project is organized as an "L" in plan. The east-west wing is built from a pre-existing container that blocks the south wind. The two-level north-south wing is completely built in wood. The point of connection between both sides defines the access, common spaces and through a deck the connection to the garage. Both ends of this "L" are connected by a diagonal terrace and a system of pillars and beams projected from the house protecting it from the sun while allowing the domestic program to expand to the outside. 

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To optimize time and economy the house is built with the least amount of details and only based on the construction systems usually used by local builders.


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Cite: "BL 1 House / UMWELT" [CASA BL 1 / UMWELT] 28 Sep 2018. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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