pezo von ellrichshausen's nida house in chile is stacked like an inverted ziggurat
pezo von ellrichshausen's nida house in chile is stacked like an inverted ziggurat pezo von ellrichshausen's nida house in chile is stacked like an inverted ziggurat
oct 05, 2016

pezo von ellrichshausen's nida house in chile is stacked like an inverted ziggurat


pezo von ellrichshausen has constructed ‘nida house’, a concentric and non-directional residence formed by four rigid concrete frames. located in navidad, chile, the structure comprises five levels, including its basement and roof terrace, with storeys increasing in size as the building ascends. eight continuous columns allow for open corners at every floor, providing generous and less restricted views of the surrounding landscape.

all images by pezo von ellrichshausen



pezo von ellrichshausen conceived the building as a ‘monolithic piece’ that supports ‘an entirely confined framework within a compact figure’. a spiral staircase connects the entirety of the home, from the smallest storey at ground level, to an open roof terrace that provides panoramic views. intermediate floors include sleeping quarters, diagonally divided by a block of furniture, and above, primary living accommodation with cooking and dining facilities.

the concentric residence is formed by four rigid concrete frames



from the top, the visual relationship with the inferior floor is imperceptible, to the point of cancelling any contact with the natural ground,’ explain the architects. ‘this veiled logic of an inverted gravitational adjustment (a classical ‘entasis’) timidly emerges on top of the surroundings foliage.’ in addition to the darkened reinforced concrete grid, only two other materials are used: native wood, for platforms and furniture, and large glass panels for fixed or sliding window frames.

eight continuous columns allow for open corners at every floor

the design affords generous vistas of the surrounding landscape

an open roof terrace provides panoramic views

the structure comprises five levels, including a basement and roof terrace

storeys increase in size as the building ascends

axonometric illustration indicating the dwelling’s structural characteristics

painting of ‘nida house’




project info:


title: nida house
program: private residence
location: navidad, VI region, chile
client: carlos atala, andrea melendez
architects: mauricio pezo & sofía von ellrichshausen
collaborators: diego perez, valentina chandia, giacomo pelizzari
builder: ricardo ballesta
structure: luis mendieta
building services: marcelo valenzuela (sanitary), daniel garrido (electricity), christoph wander (energy)
plot surface: 5,304 sqm
built surface: 232 sqm
design phase: 2014
construction phase: 2014-2015
photography: pezo von ellrichshausen











  • I guess the architect just “discovered” the design of the Geisel Library at University of California, San Diego. The Brutalist style building by William Pereira was completed in 1970. “Inverted gravitational adjustment”? Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, after all.

    Bebe says:

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