NIDA house, Navidad

Pezo von Ellrichshausen 

Aconcentric and non-directional structure formed by four rigid frames, with eight continuous columns that allow for open corners in every floor and another eight that step up regularly in the two elevated levels. This is a balanced sequence where every floor is symmetrically protected by the next. The foot of each exterior column is slightly misaligned from the perpendicular beams, thus their heads seem to outline decorative triglyphs. Through an eccentric spiral staircase there is a transition from the smallest and shaded story, compartmented in quadrants with an access in the central crossing point, to another diagonally divided by a block of furniture and, in the highest level, to an open plan, though filled with corners, where an informal aerial life can unfold. From the top, the visual relationship with the lower floor is imperceptible, to the point of cancelling contact with the natural ground. This veiled logic of an inverted gravitational adjustment (a classical ‘entasis’) timidly emerges on top of the foliage. Perhaps due to the artificial weightlessness, despite natural efforts descending through the center, experiences always tend to be suspended against the solid shadows of each perimeter, against silhouettes backlit by the sun, or because of the seduction of their reflections.

Ubicación Location

Navidad, VI Región, Chile

Cliente Client

Carlos Atala, Andrea Meléndez

Arquitectos Architects

Mauricio Pezo, Sofía von Ellrichshausen

Colaboradores Collaborators

Diego Pérez, Valentina Chandía, Giacomo Pelizzari

Consultores Consultants

Luis Mendieta (estructura structure); Marcelo Valenzuela, Daniel Garrido (instalaciones mechanical engineering)

Contratista Builder

Ricardo Ballesta

Superficie sitio Plot area

5.304 m²

Superficie construida Built area

232 m²

Fotos Photos

Pezo von Ellrichshausen