Arco House, Concepción

Pezo von Ellrichshausen 

The decisions taken in the design were the reaction to an accident. It was created for an artist couple: he works with paper, engravings and digital publishing; she, with enamelled ceramic. They had previously been living together in a big old house on the side of a hill, but it was destroyed during the earthquake that devastated central Chile in 2010. Resistance is not only opposition to a force, but also tolerance, patience, being strong-willed. For things to last, for them to withstand the weight of time, they must suffer; the question was to what extent this tension should be made visible. The house is a vertical structure with a small rectangular (1:2) floor plan. An almost blind plinth of concrete sealed with asphalt is used to embed the house into the terrain. From this plinth emerge six steel 250 x 250 x 8 mm columns. This rigid-frame structure defines six equal rooms. At the center of gravity of the floor, the crossbeams are duplicated in order to create a vertical circulation in which the 45º intersecting nodes are bracing squares and double-landing steps. The steel components have been fireproofed and brightly enamelled with a coarse grain. Too thick to be of steel, too thin to be of concrete, the black structure frame seems awkward when we consider the size of the volume it supports.

Ubicación Location

Concepción, VIII Región, Chile

Cliente Client

Barbara Bravo, Claudio Romo

Arquitectos Architects

Mauricio Pezo, Sofía von Ellrichshausen

Colaboradores Collaborators

Bernhard Maurer, Diogo Porto, Joao Lopes, Antonio Conroy, Eleonora Bassi, Lena Johansen, Julliana Valle, Tim Simon

Consultores Consultants

German Aguilera (estructura structure); Marcelo Valenzuela, Jaime Tatter (instalaciones mechanical engineering)

Contratista Builder

Ricardo Ballesta

Superficie sitio Plot area

450 m²

Superficie construida Built area

124 m²

Fotos Photos

Cristóbal Palma