felipe alarcón restores lautaro house as a slanting volume in chile felipe alarcón restores lautaro house as a slanting volume in chile
mar 12, 2017

felipe alarcón restores lautaro house as a slanting volume in chile


located in the neighborhood of linares, chile, the lautaro house restoration by architect felipe alarcón explores its users’ connection with the built environment, and the meaningful link between materials and  memories. through an architectural intervention, the aim is to give the house a new order, allowing souvenirs and their daily presence to be expressed in a subtle, abstract manner.

night view highlighting the slanted overtop volume
all images © pablo casals aguirre



for this project, felipe alarcón‘s first step is clearance: the decision of establishing what remains and what is removed. this seeks to preserve the original structural matrix (double band) and, in turn, reuse certain materials that connect with preexistences like wooden decorations or the old roof tiles as masonry for the façade. in addition, the slanting volume supported by the original structure, together with a storage volume, magnify the house’s interior void to provide fresh air and new light. a long window at the top allows indirect southern daylight to slide through the curved ceiling formed by the inverted trusses, integrating a previously missing element: the sky.

drone view of the lautaro house in linares, chile

a long window at the top allows indirect southern daylight to slide through the curved ceiling

the tilted roof create strong geometries accentuated by daylight 

the living room area opens up directly to an outdoor patio, immersed in natural lighitng

existing elements, like wooden decorations, are preserved and linked to added features

a glimpse at the architecture of the original house 

axonometric view – process

axonometric – structural layers

3D section view



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