matias zegers arquitectos: mirador house, chile
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mar 25, 2013
matias zegers arquitectos: mirador house, chile

‘mirador house’ by matias zegers arquitectos, casablanca, chile
image © cristobal palma
all images courtesy of matias zegers arquitectos



in the middle of a flowing terrain of the casas del bosque winery exposing itself from the low lying fog at the highest point on the property,
an orthogonal monolithic mass with delicately planned proportions emerges our of the rich orange soil of casablanca. designed by local firm
matias zeger arquitectos, the ‘mirador house’ wine tasting pavilion consists of two massive blocks separated by an equally heavy empty space.
layer upon layer of land-dyed concrete is cast with large openings and a mix of interior and exterior spaces and courtyards that frame various parts
of the waving grapevine sea – a small island with an ancient mesquite tree marking the distinct location. a gently-sloped pyramidal roof unites the
opposing solid volumes and their interstitial void, with a sharp-edged slab that makes it feel almost weightless. a combination of variously-sized
apertures and full-height glass walls create a sequence of diversely lit spaces appropriate to their individual functions.the concrete was mixed on site
enough to pour one layer at a time so that the final result is a construction marked by the subtle changes in climate, aggregate and mixing methods,
using the material property itself to marry the structure to the land in a poetically intimate way.


the kitchen and dining table, also designed by the architects, are situated within solid parallel partitions and the transparent threshold that connects them,
allowing visitors unobstructed views to the iconic tree and limitless horizon as they taste the local nectar and ambrosia. the entry patio, by contrast,
is an open-air courtyard framed by the same walls of the structure but without a canopy, this time directing attention to the sky. a thin sheet of calm water
slides over a black concrete block that sets the tone for the soul of the construct. furthest to the east is the ‘quincho’, another enveloped courtyard with an olive
tree in the middle and a notch in the corner of the structure that reveals the distant city.



in a landscape of vineyards
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view into the quincho
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layered concrete reflects the light conditions
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large expanses of glass frame views
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(left) layered concrete walls
(right) raw apertures with the glass connections left exposed
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the quincho
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(left) entry patio
(right) water feature
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‘forgotten wood’ cypress table
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kitchen and dining area
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full-height glass wall
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more intimate living room
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(left) living room
(right) sitting nook with small apertures
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dining area illuminated at night
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view of kitchen from outside
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construction of ‘forgotten woods’ table designed by matias zegers arquitectos













project info:



architect: matias zegers arquitectos
location: casablanca, chile
materials: concrete with dye, glass, mañio wood, miel membrane on the roof
products: cypress whale table from forgotten wood

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