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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.

Tierras Blancas House in Catapilco, Chile by Alberto Browne + Hernán Fontaine

 
June 29th, 2014 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Alberto Browne + Hernán Fontaine

The brief was to build a residential house for a family and guests in the area of Catapilco, the 5th Region in Chile.

The Principal idea was to build the house with wood. The main strategy was to focus on the wooden section of the house and secondly on its surroundings.

Image Courtesy © Alberto Browne

Image Courtesy © Alberto Browne

  • Architects: Alberto Browne + Hernán Fontaine
  • Project: Tierras Blancas House
  • Location: Catapilco, Chile
  • Photography: Alberto Browne
  • Construction: Tamarugo Construcciones
  • Structural Engineering: Ingevsa – José Manuel  Morales
  • Materiality: Wood
  • Ground Area: 30 acres
  • Built Area: 360 sqm

Image Courtesy © Alberto Browne

Image Courtesy © Alberto Browne

It was built with wooden pillars all along the house which are separated at 120 cm intervals. This creates a longitudinal house and highlights the methodology of the construction. This repetition forms a sense of infinity.

The predominant material is wood, for the structure, the floor, the ceiling and the walls. This material was chosen because it is a natural element. Added to which, it was more economical and on site there was little water and electricity.

Image Courtesy © Alberto Browne

Image Courtesy © Alberto Browne

The second feature was the location. Catapilco is situated between the coast and the Andes. The site is close to a eucalyptus forest. The North side faces the coast and the South side faces the mountain. It is a place where nature is a key element. Therefore, the strategy was to use nature’s potential. All the bedrooms face the North side for the view.

Image Courtesy © Alberto Browne

Image Courtesy © Alberto Browne

The long corridor is situated on the South side. It crosses through the whole house giving a sensation of space and of merging with the hills.

There are many points of entry to the house so that the people can feel free while walking through it and also can feel a connection with the surroundings.

Image Courtesy © Alberto Browne

Image Courtesy © Alberto Browne

Image Courtesy © Alberto Browne

Image Courtesy © Alberto Browne

Image Courtesy © Alberto Browne

Image Courtesy © Alberto Browne

Image Courtesy © Alberto Browne

Image Courtesy © Alberto Browne

Image Courtesy © Alberto Browne

Image Courtesy © Alberto Browne

Image Courtesy © Alberto Browne

Image Courtesy © Alberto Browne

Image Courtesy © Alberto Browne + Hernán Fontaine

Image Courtesy © Alberto Browne + Hernán Fontaine

Image Courtesy © Alberto Browne + Hernán Fontaine

Image Courtesy © Alberto Browne + Hernán Fontaine

Image Courtesy © Alberto Browne + Hernán Fontaine

Image Courtesy © Alberto Browne + Hernán Fontaine

Image Courtesy © Alberto Browne + Hernán Fontaine

Image Courtesy © Alberto Browne + Hernán Fontaine

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