Cien House, Concepción

Pezo von Ellrichshausen 

The number of steps on a hill path nearby, the height of an old cypress that evokes those of Walter Pater, or the elevation above sea level that defines the podium could be used to explain the format of this building’s silhouette. But the reasons that shape a house are always other; always the same. Within two unified formats, an extended floor plan and a concentrated one, the same unit appears twelve times: a square figure asymmetrically divided into four rooms. Sometimes central, others lateral or diagonal, each unit establishes a different relation among the rooms. The lower rooms will be occupied with the heavy duties of a workshop. The upper ones with the almost immaterial daily routines. Trapped between these two factual worlds, domestic life rests protected. The main room steps down to the west. By maintaining the lintels at one defined horizon, the sequence of frames makes the perception of its depth relative. Entering the main room is equivalent to diving under the platform defined by the whole number (100). One reaches the studio by facing a mirror that shows what lies across the street. Entering the tower is a kind of blindness. Here, the cypress turned into steps locks into a continuous spiral that slowly offers the sight back while ascending.

Ubicación Location

Concepción, VIII Región, Chile

Cliente Client

Pezo von Ellrichshausen Ltda

Arquitectos Architects

Mauricio Pezo, Sofía von Ellrichshausen

Colaboradores Collaborators

Bernhard Maurer, Eleonora Bassi, Valeria Farfan, Michael Godden

Consultores Consultants

Patricio Bonelli (estructura structure); Marcelo Valenzuela, Jaime Tatter (instalaciones mechanical engineering)

Contratista Builder

Ricardo Ballesta

Superficie sitio Plot area

930 m²

Superficie construida Built area

430 m²

Fotos Photos

Pezo von Ellrichshausen, Cristóbal Palma