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Friday, November 22, 2019

Alejandro Aravena, Ochoquebradas House in Los Vilos (Chile)

The building is part of a private initiative that involved inviting eight Japanese architects (among them Sejima, Nishizawa, Juma, Fujimoto, and Ishigami) and the same number of Chilean ones to design a vacation house in Los Vilos, a rugged natural environment 250 kilometers north of the city of Santiago.

There is no specific client, just some essential requirements: four bedrooms, a living-dining zone, a kitchen, bathrooms, and a wine cellar, in a total built area of 250 square meters. With this as general premise, this project presents a certain primitivism, expressed through a form that cuts the figure of a dolmen or totem in the landscape.

Like timeless walls stranded on the beach, three massive blocks of reinforced concrete – a pedestal containing communal spaces, a tower for the bedrooms, and a huge skylight – organize the program in a way that stays clear of the commonplaces typical in domestic architectures, all the while also engaging in dialogue with the abrupt scenery of the coast of the violent Pacific Ocean.
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