This is both a huge and a small house. It doesn’t have extended rooms but a series of rooms that repeat themselves and some functions that are doubled according to traditional Chilean country life. The house is located in a small farm where, until not long ago, stood the owner’s old house where his childhood was spent. It’s a setting filled with memories. The witnesses are different kinds of fruit trees (from cherry trees to walnut trees) and native trees (from palm trees to araucarias). Beyond this suburban site there is nothing visually attractive. Hence, the program extends horizontally to, besides occupying the depth of these gardens, conquer a sort of interior introspection and exterior invisibility. The irregular, labyrinthic structure contains nine patios; nine openings that control the plan’s density. The roominess of some spaces was made possible by elevating the ceilings, but without casting a shade over the patios. Two inclinations are established: that of the roofs, that always descends towards the patios (allowing only the shade cast by the walls); and that of the ceilings, whose vertex sliced by natural light is located depending on the furniture of each room. The weight of a tile mantle (resembling that of the old house) hangs from these fourteen truncated prisms.
Mauricio Pezo, Sofía von Ellrichshausen
Juan Mellado, Carolina Merino, Maria Paz Palma
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