pezo von ellrichshausen: casa cien in concepcion, chile
pezo von ellrichshausen: casa cien in concepcion, chile pezo von ellrichshausen: casa cien in concepcion, chile
sep 22, 2011

pezo von ellrichshausen: casa cien in concepcion, chile


pezo von ellrichshausen (mauricio pezo, sofia von ellrichshausen) has completed ‘casa cien’, a single family residence in concepcion, chile. plugged into a lush and hilly site, the design is read as a monolithic podium and tower with different-sized square windows securing views of the surrounding landscape.

image © cristobal palma (also main image)all images courtesy of pezo von ellrichshausen



composed through a stacking system of concrete units, the free-standing dwelling achieves a stature akin to a look-out tower. the finish of the facade features exposed aggregate, establishing a highly textured expression to the exterior. simple and iconic, the building’s silhouette is a result of two dominant formats – an extended floor plan and a concentrated floor plan – that has been used to explore a new way of arranging domestic living space.

(left) elevation (right) looking into dining space images © cristobal palma



conceived as a collection of square-shaped units, the interiors is experienced in layers that play with the perception of spatial depth. each of the twelve components has been asymmetrically divided into four areas in a loose format that would facilitate a common flow of space when assembled together. the lower level ‘podium’ features slight terraces within the layout to subtly define the units and their individual relation between rooms. the ‘tower’ arranges the blocks in a vertical fashion and can be accessed through a spiral staircase. open and neutral in their functions, each arrangement is encouraged to be experienced freely by the inhabitants.

interior view image © cristobal palma

dining area image © cristobal palma

views of spiral staircase images © cristobal palma

living space image © cristobal palma

windows and skylight image © cristobal palma

(left) office (right) in context images © cristobal palma

physical model


have something to add? share your thoughts in our comments section below.
all comments are reviewed for the purposes of moderation before publishing.

comments policy
designboom's comment policy guidelines
generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

- please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
- please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
- please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
- please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
- please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
(there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
the best 100-200 entries too.)

a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.


a diverse digital database that acts as a valuable guide in gaining insight and information about a product directly from the manufacturer, and serves as a rich reference point in developing a project or scheme.

architecture news

keep up with our daily and weekly stories
501,537 subscribers
- see sample
- see sample