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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

CASA LA CAÑADA in Santiago, Chile by Ricardo Torrejón Schellhorn

 
November 5th, 2013 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Ricardo Torrejón Schellhorn

This house is set on a 1,060 sqm site in the last flat urban area of eastern Santiago before the Andes begin.

The plot is 15m wide by 67m length with an existing garden with mature 40 year old trees.

The original house, built back in the 70’s, took no particular advantage of the garden. Despite being uninhabited for almost 20 years the backyard was luckily well preserved and felt like a forgotten park.

Image Courtesy © Ricardo Torrejón Schellhorn

  • ArchitectsRicardo Torrejón Schellhorn
  • Project: CASA LA CAÑADA
  • Location: Santiago, Chile
  • Design year(s): 2011 to 2012
  • Construction year(s): 2012 to 2013
  • Principal(s) in charge: Ricardo Torrejón Schellhorn
  • Client(s): Patricio Perez, Anuschka Bannach
  • General contractor: Eric Meinardus
  • Structural engineer: Osvaldo Peñaloza
  • Software used: sketchup, autocad

Image Courtesy © Ricardo Torrejón Schellhorn     

  • Program: Private Residence
  • Structural system: Reinforced Concrete
  • Major materials: Board formed concrete, marble, glass, wood flooring
  • Site area: 1.060m2
  • Building area: 225m2
  • Total floor area: 130m2
  • Cost of construction: 1,400 US$/ m2
Key materials:
  • Walls, slab: Board formed reinforced concrete
  • Flooring: Natural matte travertine marble (ATIKA), Engineered wood flooring, Oiled oak (CLC)
  • Glazing: Double glazing structural siliconed
  • Openings: PVC black windows (DYNA BAU)
  • Deck: Spruce
Thickness38 mm (CLC)
  • Tiles: Glass mosaic (MURVI)

Image Courtesy © Ricardo Torrejón Schellhorn

Instead of remodeling, we decided to build a house from scratch. The relationship to the garden, particularly to the existing trees, should be in the foreground.

We thought that architecture should not compete with nature; on the contrary, it should enhance its presence, colors and lights. Architecturally we had to remain neutral and silent in both material and color in order to let nature play its part.

Image Courtesy © Ricardo Torrejón Schellhorn

The house is a solid monolithic concrete block opened up through carvings instead of windows and openings. Externally, each carving becomes a place itself, some fitting just a single person, others more. Internally, they are a sort of glazed prisms letting light in and natural ventilation and allowing frontal and diagonal views as well as an internal see-through between contiguous rooms.

Image Courtesy © Ricardo Torrejón Schellhorn

The most direct result of this carving operation is that the garden is present everywhere in the house. Even in rooms on the opposite side of the house it is possible to have a glimpse of it.

Image Courtesy © Ricardo Torrejón Schellhorn

Image Courtesy © Ricardo Torrejón Schellhorn

Image Courtesy © Ricardo Torrejón Schellhorn

Image Courtesy © Ricardo Torrejón Schellhorn

Image Courtesy © Ricardo Torrejón Schellhorn

Image Courtesy © Ricardo Torrejón Schellhorn

Image Courtesy © Ricardo Torrejón Schellhorn

Image Courtesy © Ricardo Torrejón Schellhorn

Image Courtesy © Ricardo Torrejón Schellhorn

Image Courtesy © Ricardo Torrejón Schellhorn

Image Courtesy © Ricardo Torrejón Schellhorn

Image Courtesy © Ricardo Torrejón Schellhorn

Image Courtesy © Ricardo Torrejón Schellhorn

Image Courtesy © Ricardo Torrejón Schellhorn

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