Pezo von Ellrichshausen: Casa Guna in San Pedro de la Paz (Chile)
Photos: Pezo von Ellrichshausen
The Chilean office of Mauricio Pezo & Sofia von Ellrichshausen is the author of the Casa Guna, an emphatic horizontal object set on a plinth of smaller dimensions, situated beside a wood of eucalyptus trees and on the banks of Llacolén lagoon, in the municipality of San Pedro de la Paz. To adapt to the slope of the terrain, the concrete structure is divided into two parts: an upper floor – a square of 20-meter sides – where bedrooms, living room areas, the kitchen, and a dining room are connected by a corridor running along the perimeter of the courtyard; and a compact lower level – with 8.5-meter sides – containing four spaces including another dining room and a laundry room. The exposed concrete has a coarse texture thanks to a formwork with wooden boards, and its dark patina comes from the mix with a black pigment, camouflaging the building amid the vegetation. In contrast, the interiors upstairs present light tones, and each room opens up to the exterior through a window and a skylight at the center of the ceiling
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