schmidt arquitectos: beranda house, chile
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dec 11, 2012
schmidt arquitectos: beranda house, chile


‘beranda house’ by schmidt arquitectos, zapallar, chile
all images courtesy of schmidt arquitectos

 

 

facing the pacific ocean from a steep dune in beranda, chile, the ‘beranda house’ by local practice schmidt arquitectos takes advantage of the unique
site conditions to create a large open home on the sea. due to the unstable soil conditions, the home is anchored in three concrete retaining walls
that safely support the house while emerging above ground and creating a large shell wrapping the main program. the residence can be considered
as a sequence through the site, starting from the road and ending at the water’s edge, where the circulation cuts and weaves down the slope through
a variety of media, offering different spaces along the way. maintaining a low roof line, the user is first greeted by a natural stone masonry mass in
the form of a wedge. the first set of stairs immerses the visitor into a solid wedge-shaped structure surrounded by local plants along the topography.
crossing a glass wall threshold supported by natural wooden columns reveals a large continuous, double-height space where concrete, steel, wood,
stone and glass come together in a lively mix, pointing attention to the western facade occupied by the blue waters. two triple-height atria bring
natural light into all levels. rhythmic glulam beams are supported by a massive central reinforced girder. interior steps on a timber floor lead to a
wood deck from the lower level containing all the bedrooms, ramping down to a last set of stairs embedded into the landscape finally reaching the shoreline.

 

 


view from the road

 

 


(left) stone stairway entry
(right) interior of entry steps

 

 


entry

 

 


wood beams end in concrete girders

 

 


living room

 

 


long continuous space inside and out

 

 


wood walkway connects the house to the beach

 

 


view from the beach

 

 

 

 


entry from the road

 

 


site plan

 

 


floor plan / level 0

 

 


floor plan / level 1

 

 


floor plan / level -1

 

 


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elevation

 

 


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model

 

 


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project info:

 

 

architects: horacio schmidt cortes, horacio schmidt radic, martin schmidt radic
local architect: paloma sanchez
location: loteo beranda, zapallar, chile
construction: almar
structural calculation: VPA
materials: concrete, wood, steel, glass, stone
lighting: cristina aristia
interior design: somarriva dabove
landscape design: passalacqua paisajismo
site area: 2010 m2
built area: 420 m2
project start: 2008
construction: 2009-2011

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