RODE house, Chonchi

Pezo von Ellrichshausen 

Sitting atop an evergreen meadow, overlooking the inner sea of Chiloé Island, this is both a half and a double house. Half, because it is the interrupted encounter between a cone and a cylinder. Double, because the subtraction of a rectangular form at the base of these figures generates a pair of equivalent rooms at the extremes of a linear sequence, one facing the direct yellow sun and the other the indirect and blue one. There is a large space contained by these parallel rooms; a partially paved court that is protected from the rain in two covered corners and from the wind on three sides. These sides are functional widths, as emptied thick walls containing all the domestic facilities. The presence of the curved case is asymmetrical: from one side it stands as a massive and hermetic fortified refuge, from the other it appears as a large pitched roof almost without supporting walls.

The entire construction is made out of local timber. Knowing that the island is not only well known for its myths and legends but for a refined artisanal carpentry in the construction of churches and boats, and accepting that part of that local knowledge would inform our project, it does so with the delicate device of the wooden padlock.

Ubicación Location

Chonchi, Archipiélago de Chiloé, X Región, Chile

Cliente Client


Arquitectos Architects

Mauricio Pezo, Sofía von Ellrichshausen

Colaboradores Collaborators

Diego Pérez, Findlay Barge, Caitlyn Flowers, Victoria Bodevin

Consultores Consultants

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

Contratista Builder

Ricardo Ballesta

Superficie sitio Plot area

48.500 m²

Superficie construida Built area

200 m²

Fotos Photos

Pezo von Ellrichshausen