lucernas house in chile by 01 arq lucernas house in chile by 01 arq
nov 15, 2012

lucernas house in chile by 01 arq

‘lucernas house’ by 01 arq, catemito, chileimage © aryeh kornfeldall images courtesy of 01 arq



chilean practice 01 arq has recently completed the ‘lucernas house’ in the small farming town of catemito, 20 kilometers south of santiago at the baseof chena hill. the plan is composed of shifted rectangular masses with a solid linear datum that provides the circulation from which the supplementary program branches out. the uniform height of the single-storey orthogonal dwelling is broken up by protruding boxes that jut up into the sky which contain the windows like large light-wells that not only extend views to the landscape but also illuminate the interior laterally and from overhead and helps to ventilate the dwelling in the hot summer months. the structure is made of traditional reinforced masonry, painted dark grey on the exterior to blend more naturally into its agricultural surroundings. extruded geometries in plan create supplementary spaces that carry through to the open air, such as the open terrace that frames views to the north. the open-plan white interior is composed of large sliding glass doors that can divide private and public spaces as needed.



(left) large concrete pavers lead up to the entrance(right) protruding windows extend views and allow daylight into the spaceimage © aryeh kornfeld



orthogonal openings and forms make up the structureimage © aryeh kornfeld



image © aryeh kornfeld



image © aryeh kornfeld



image © aryeh kornfeld



neutral grey tone lets the structure sit comfortably on the siteimage © aryeh kornfeld



image © aryeh kornfeld



image © aryeh kornfeld



image © aryeh kornfeld



tall window wells extend views to the horizon and skyimage © aryeh kornfeld



image © aryeh kornfeld



(left) open courtyard area framing views(right) bench integrated into the structureimage © aryeh kornfeld



kitchen and living roomimage © aryeh kornfeld



(left) view from the window(right) kitchenimage © aryeh kornfeld



floor plan / level 0



roof plan













  • love it! finally some good stuff!

    ivan says:
  • Only three views of interior!!? Very disappointing. Must be very lovely experiences for inhabitants!

    Tgc says:
  • Like it!.. Nice to see a project by fellow chileans. Although, I would’ve placed the guest restroom’s door, inside the guestroom (does’nt make much sense having to leave the room in order to use the restroom).

    Matias says:
  • This is very much the opposite of where my (algorithmic) interests lie today, but it is so well done that it is impossible not to fall in love with it!

    Mike Jackson says:
  • absolutely lovely – the fenestration is a revelation

    M – re the guest restroom door: the configuration makes all the sense in the world to me – much better for a guest to have to leave her/his room than for other visitors to have to go through her/his space

    dbkii says:
  • Beautiful example of form following function, and done in an aesthetically pleasing way…I’d live in one of these. Can’t say enough

    Pashmaniac says:
  • would love to see the detail drawings of this!

    g says:

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