LOBA house, Coliumo

Pezo von Ellrichshausen 

Perhaps the only distinction between objects and things resides in their scale. Closer to any natural thing, in its ambiguous scale, this small building is more than a hut but less than a house: it is a cottage. As an opaque block, a monolithic object heavily anchored at the edge of a cliff, it is facing a sea-lion reserve on the Pacific Ocean. In its under-dimensioned thickness, in its narrow and tall proportion, the building could be read as an inhabited wall that runs perpendicular to the topography. The wall’s height is determined by two lines: a continuous horizon and a stepped sequence of six platforms descending to the sea. The separation between that horizontal roof (an open terrace) and the regular extension of the ground (with the informal arrangement of rest, dining and living), a single asymmetrical room, is interrupted by three massive columns and two bridges.

There is a discreet regime of openings at either side of the long volume, with some skylights, a few half-moon perforations that could serve as sundials and a corner window divided by a round pillar. This is the only window with unframed glass flushed to the outer concrete surface. Mirroring the sunset, an almost impossible and illusory floating rock rests right on top of that reflection.

Ubicación Location

Península de Coliumo, Tome, VIII Región, Chile

Cliente Client

Marcelo Sánchez, Janis Hananias

Arquitectos Architects

Mauricio Pezo, Sofía von Ellrichshausen

Colaboradores Collaborators

Diego Pérez, Thomas Sommerauer, Teresa Freire, Beatrice Pedroti, Wiktor Gago

Consultores Consultants

Peter Dechent (estructura structure); Marcelo Valenzuela, Daniel Garrido (instalaciones mechanical engineering)

Contratista Builder

Carvajal & Cabrer

Superficie sitio Plot area

1.000 m²

Superficie construida Built area

70 m²

Fotos Photos

Pezo von Ellrichshausen