Textual content description supplied by the architects. La Casa Z is a weekend retreat situated within the coastal resort of Zapallar, dealing with the Chilean Pacific Ocean, 150 km from Santiago.
The venture was born from the fee to design an area that might perform as a type of observatory of nature and its environment. To realize this, the primary driving thought was to semi-bury the home, in such a method that the vegetation would dialogue with the home on the identical scale and permit those that inhabit it to really feel immersed within the panorama.
Likewise, the venture sought to generate a outcome that expressed a sure ambiguity between what’s inside and outdoors the home, achieved via the play and alternation between components of enormous openings and closures in the direction of the backyard. On this method, the primary entry is proposed as an area of complete transparency that lets you cross the home together with your eyes and that, along with a water mirror, generates the feeling that the ocean reaches the doorway door.
The inside views speak in confidence to each the ocean and the hills in a double-span scheme that, via an prolonged central circulation, is distributed to the rooms situated on either side. In flip, there are two concrete components (chimney and entry wall) that configure the morphology and distribution of the rooms, whereas functioning as a visible anchor of the venture with the terrain.
The work is proposed as a versatile and adjustable area relying on the use and variety of visitors who inhabit it. This high quality is feasible via a sequence of enclosures and movable doorways that enable the road between private and non-private to be blurred. On this method, the main bedroom can open to the lounge via two sliding doorways that conceal contained in the chimney. It is usually doable to divide the home into two, producing clusters of impartial rooms.
The materiality of the venture consists of two giant concrete blocks that encourage a strongly brutalist gesture that, in distinction to the lightness of the picket and glass enclosures, handle to face out and be clearly understood as the primary axes of the venture.