Lucernas House, Chile / 01ARQ

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Lucernas House, Chile / 01ARQ
Photograph © Aryeh Kornfeld
Lucernas House, Chile / 01ARQ
Photograph © Aryeh Kornfeld

Project Details:
Location: Catemito, San Bernardo, Chile
Type: Residential Houses
Area: 232 m2
Architects: 01ARQ ; C. Winckler – P. Saric – F. Fritz
Photographs: Aryeh Kornfeld

The house is located in Catemito, 20 km south of Santiago in Chile’s central valley, at the foot of Chena hill.

The site is part of a medium intensity production agricultural plot at which the house was not to be exposed. The strategy proposes a one level volume that accommodates the linear disposition of the program.

Photograph © Aryeh Kornfeld
Photograph © Aryeh Kornfeld

To make even more dramatic relationship with the landscape, the initial volume is extruded in the vertical plane, forming skylights at key points, also creating double heights and a visual tension to the landscape. Similarly, extruded volumes in the horizontal plane, form intermediate spaces such as terraces, access and service garage.

Lucernas House, Chile / 01ARQ
Photograph © Aryeh Kornfeld

The location of windows and skylights, is also due to the need to create cross ventilation, keeping temperatures pleasant during the summer months.

Lucernas House, Chile / 01ARQ
© Aryeh Kornfeld

The materiality of the project is reinforced masonry, material characteristic of the area, painted dark gray on the outside, contrasting with the white aluminum profiles used for skylights and glass windows, and inside the house which is also white.

Lucernas House, Chile / 01ARQ
Photograph © Aryeh Kornfeld

The plan aims to have maximum flexibility in the public program. The enclosures can form a single space when the sliding door separating the kitchen to the dining room is open, hiding the wall that separates the terrace.

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