ricardo torrejon schellhorn: CGM house, limache ricardo torrejon schellhorn: CGM house, limache
nov 06, 2012

ricardo torrejon schellhorn: CGM house, limache

‘CGM house’ by ricardo torrejon schellhorn, limache, chile image © ricardo torrejón

the client posed two basic desires: the need for a home that would host large social gatherings consisting of kids and adults, and at the same time to provide a sheltered, private space for the immediate family. chilean architect ricardo torrejon schellhorn’s response in designing the ‘CGM house’ was to split the dwelling into four individual zones – parents, children, common spaces and services – that can, in terms of scale, accommodate large or small groups. the 5000 m2 site offers a wealth of natural habitat, located on a peninsula 20 km away from the coastline surrounded by a natural water reservoir used for recreational purposes. the 30-degree slope meant the need for a concrete plinth, made with a corrugated texture, that would set the stage for the construct and direct views towards the sea and mountains ahead.

the timber frame construction, clad in weathered oak planks recovered from discarded wood from other sites, is made up of four geometrically similar masses, overlaid on each other and oriented in different directions, benefiting from the protruding forms to create exterior rooftop terraces, in this way creating an urban microcosm that can hold an overflow of guests. the structures are placed to act as a screen from the afternoon sea winds. the interiors on the other hand are each unique, relying on the organization of space and the treatment of material to define unique private residences, rather than simply placing and rearranging various kinds of furniture. the rest of the reclaimed lumber was used to make certain fixtures and stairs, with the left over pieces proving useful as firewood. the spaces are naturally ventilated and include polished concrete radiators darkened with quartz.

wood and glass volumes site atop a corrugated concrete plinth overlooking the landscape image © ricardo torrejón

image © ricardo torrejón

several interwoven geometries create individual dwellings image © ricardo torrejón

image © ricardo torrejón

image © ricardo torrejón

image © ricardo torrejón

image © ricardo torrejón

image © ricardo torrejón

courtyard entrance image © ricardo torrejón

reclaimed wood lanks line the exterior surfaces image © ricardo torrejón

image © ricardo torrejón

main living space image © joaquín velasco

wooden stairs image © joaquín velasco

image © joaquín velasco

upstairs bedroom image © joaquín velasco

polished concrete floor and wood framing provide a raw material palette image © joaquín velasco

image © joaquín velasco

at the convergence of two forms image © joaquín velasco

curtain walls extend views image © joaquín velasco

image © joaquín velasco

image © joaquín velasco

image © joaquín velasco

approach from the landscape image © ricardo torrejón

floor plan / level 0 image © ricardo torrejón

section image © ricardo torrejón

section image © ricardo torrejón

section image © ricardo torrejón

section image © ricardo torrejón

section image © ricardo torrejón

elevation image © ricardo torrejón

elevation image © ricardo torrejón

elevation image © ricardo torrejón

  • beautiful response to a spectacular site

    I would however have preferred a little more refinement with regard to the interior.

    dbkii says:
  • Beautiful windows.

    mArkW says:
  • beautiful use of materials on the outside, really great. it’s a pity that the use of wood in the inside is not more sophisticated.

    tbp says:
  • loved the project, in and out though I´d prefer higher ceilings. The low ceilings made it a bit ordinary… like an appartment. I guess the space (and I imagine the budget too) was appropiate for a more spectacular interior dimensions.

    solele73 says:
  • The iPad-like facades were such a strong contextural response, elegant and clear, like the contrast of the cacti and geometry… but….

    Chaszr says:
  • Great design. Well presented.
    Love the rough sawn lumber inside and outside.
    Cool hop scotch stairs.

    Dan says:
  • It didn’t grow out of the landscape but was imposed on it. Just so many boxes as an expression of a little will and hubris.

    Most of the other submissions today didn’t rise to the level justifying a comment.

    Kenneth Smythe says:

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