monolithic 'humo house' rises in rural chile with folding architecture by iván bravo

monolithic 'humo house' rises in rural chile with folding architecture by iván bravo

iván bravo completes a lakeside home in chile

 

Humo House, a newly completed architectural project by Iván Bravo in collaboration with associate architect Martín Rojas and Juan Oyarzún, is located in the rural landscape of Futrono, Chile. This unique residence has taken shape within this pastoral context to exemplify contemporary architecture with respect for its natural surroundings.

 

The project’s inspiration comes from the verses of Pablo Neruda’s Crepusculario: ‘That nothing binds us / that nothing unites us.’ These lines resonate deeply with the couple for whom the house was built. Despite having a stable relationship, they had always lived in separate but nearby apartments in Santiago, Chile. This arrangement contributed to their unhurried approach to building a shared home, a project that took ten years to realize on an isolated plot next to Lake Ranco.

humo house iván bravoimages © Marcos Zegers

 

 

the angular architecture of ‘humo house’

 

Humo House is shaped by architect Iván Bravo as an exact cube aligned with the cardinal directions and divided into two diagonal halves. This design creates distinct facades that each serve different purposes. The main facades take advantage of their height to capture scenic views of Lake Ranco, while the others slope towards a low entrance, balancing grandness with intimacy.

 

The house’s exterior and interior are unified by the use of rough wooden slats, creating a cohesive spatial sequence. The pronounced roofs enhance this unity, leading from a spacious living room to the bedrooms. These rooms are symmetrically positioned at the end of a hallway, allowing the inhabitants to enjoy both independence and the feeling of jointly forming their residence.

humo house iván bravo
Humo House is a new architectural project by Iván Bravo, located in Futrono, Chile

humo house iván bravo
the design was inspired by Pablo Neruda’s verses, emphasizing independence within unity

humo house iván bravo
the couple for whom the house was built had always lived in separate apartments in Santiago

humo house iván bravo
Humo House is an exact cube, diagonally sectioned on two faces to create distinct facades

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rough wooden slats clad both the exterior and interior, creating a unified spatial sequence

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the main facades capture views of Lake Ranco, while others slope towards a low entrance

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pronounced roofs lead from a spacious living room to symmetrically positioned bedrooms, blending independence and unity

 

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project info:

 

project title: Humo House

architecture: Iván Bravo | @comodoroo

location: Futrono, Chile

associate architect: Martín Rojas

collaborator: Juan Oyarzún

structural engineer: Pedro Bartolomé

contractor: Erik Torres

completion: May 2023

photography: © Marcos Zegers, BARO | @marcoszegers

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