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.
Yellow House in Zapallar, Chile by aguilo + pedraza arquitectos
May 10th, 2018 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: aguilo + pedraza arquitectos
The project consisted of designing a beach house in the town of Zapallar. The property is set back from the sea on the eastern border of the town. Due to the steep geography, the ocean view is preceded by rooftops, streets, trees and hills. The urban view with the ocean behind inspired key aspects of the project.
The architects choose to build at an elevation to take advantage of the aforementioned vistas. The home has three small overlapping levels plus a rooftop space. The first two levels house the bedrooms, the third the main living room and the rooftop has a terrace. Two types of walkways are proposed. The first consists of exterior ramps that connect the second and third floors to the public sidewalk on the southern slope of the property. This meets one of the main requirements of the project: to connect these two levels without using stairs so that they would be wheelchair accessible. There is also a system of interior overlapping stairways plus an exterior stairway that connects all of the levels. The choice of material and color for the exterior was based on a nostalgic interest in the coastline’s historical buildings. In the 20th century, many homes were built with colorfull metallic panels, especially in Valparaíso. The imaginary of this project is based on that collective memory. As such, the choice of color and material may be more visceral than racional.
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