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ARQtainer: liray house, chile
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dec 14, 2012
ARQtainer: liray house, chile


‘liray house’ by ARQtainer, santiago, chile
all images courtesy of ARQtainer

 

 

the ‘liray house’ in santiago, proves that you can achieve an aesthetically pleasing structure at a low cost with minimal construction time.
the 115 m2 residence designed by chilean practice ARQtainer is composed of corten steel shipping containers. using the modularity of the large
crates, the home is organized on two perpendicular axes, the shorter one containing the social spaces and services – living room, kitchen,
dining area, laundry and two exterior balconies – the longer containing the private bedrooms organized linearly along the north face with a
corridor to the south. the entire building was built offsite and transported into place, sparing noise pollution and construction impact on site.
the five containers that make up the dwelling site 50 centimeters off the ground on a system of stilts that allow the necessary space to conceal
the plumbing. the interior is covered in plasterboard panels, filled with cellulose insulation to combat the intense heat gain the metal volumes
are prone to, and add considerable mass that also improves the otherwise hollow acoustics.

 

 


sitting on a field with views to the andes mountains

 

 


containers are fitted together with voids taken out of the masses to create balconies and windows

 

 


balcony at the end of the private area

 

 


front elevation

 

 


shading louvers wrap the roof of the structure

 

 


exterior walkways bring people to the house and up to the rooftop terrace

 

 


living room

 

 


long hallway connecting the social spaces to the private bedrooms

 

 


(left) restroom
(right) exterior balcony

 

 


large deck

 

 


(left) kitchen and long hallway
(right) entrance ramp

 

 


bird’s eye view

 

 


floor plan / level 0

 

 


section

 

 


section

 

 


elevation

 

 


elevation

 

 


elevation

 

 


elevation

 

 


concept sketch

 

 

project info:

 

 

architecture and construction: project arqtainer 

architect: ruben rivera peede 

engineer: julio oyarzun flores 


location: fundo liray, subdivision la copa, colina – santiago 

country: chile 

surface area: 6775 m2 

project area: 115.01 m2 

project year: 2010 

construction year: 2010
main building material: corten steel shipping containers, steel frame, thermal pane window, internal coating plasterboard and projected
cellulose insulation.

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