The floor plan of this house designed by Cristián Izquierdo, sitting on a dune facing the sea in Morrillos (Chile), adopts a cross-shaped arrangement that allows using it in different ways during the year. Sometimes it is a large vacation residence for a single family. At other times, seasonally, it is rented out to three couples. Of the cross’s four arms, which are slightly shifted off the perpendicular axes to form a swastika of sorts, three are occupied by bedrooms, each set with a bathroom of its own. The remaining arm is a lounge. The four open inward to a communal central kitchen and outward to their respective private courtyards, set at the corners of the lot... [+]
Built with knotless pinewood and oriented strand board (OSB) panels with expanded polystyrene, the house is wrapped with a facade made of 72 wooden doors that can be opened and closed, in accordance with use and the moment. The result is an ever changing appearance, graduating from a completely permeable portico to a completely hermetic peristyle. The doors are closed when the house is empty.
Cristián Izquierdo Arquitectos
Asesoría estructural Structure consulting
Tomás Rodríguez, Luis Izquierdo W.