schmidt arquitectos: beranda house, chile schmidt arquitectos: beranda house, chile
dec 11, 2012

schmidt arquitectos: beranda house, chile

‘beranda house’ by schmidt arquitectos, zapallar, chileall images courtesy of schmidt arquitectos



facing the pacific ocean from a steep dune in beranda, chile, the ‘beranda house’ by local practice schmidt arquitectos takes advantage of the uniquesite conditions to create a large open home on the sea. due to the unstable soil conditions, the home is anchored in three concrete retaining wallsthat safely support the house while emerging above ground and creating a large shell wrapping the main program. the residence can be consideredas a sequence through the site, starting from the road and ending at the water’s edge, where the circulation cuts and weaves down the slope througha variety of media, offering different spaces along the way. maintaining a low roof line, the user is first greeted by a natural stone masonry mass in the form of a wedge. the first set of stairs immerses the visitor into a solid wedge-shaped structure surrounded by local plants along the topography.crossing a glass wall threshold supported by natural wooden columns reveals a large continuous, double-height space where concrete, steel, wood,stone and glass come together in a lively mix, pointing attention to the western facade occupied by the blue waters. two triple-height atria bring natural light into all levels. rhythmic glulam beams are supported by a massive central reinforced girder. interior steps on a timber floor lead to a wood deck from the lower level containing all the bedrooms, ramping down to a last set of stairs embedded into the landscape finally reaching the shoreline.



view from the road



(left) stone stairway entry(right) interior of entry steps






wood beams end in concrete girders



living room



long continuous space inside and out



wood walkway connects the house to the beach



view from the beach





entry from the road



site plan



floor plan / level 0



floor plan / level 1



floor plan / level -1




































project info:



architects: horacio schmidt cortes, horacio schmidt radic, martin schmidt radiclocal architect: paloma sanchezlocation: loteo beranda, zapallar, chileconstruction: almarstructural calculation: VPAmaterials: concrete, wood, steel, glass, stonelighting: cristina aristiainterior design: somarriva dabovelandscape design: passalacqua paisajismosite area: 2010 m2built area: 420 m2project start: 2008construction: 2009-2011

  • What a wonderful blending of site requirements and design. It brings the ocean into the house. May contact for more information.

    Great work!!

    Jerry Kirks says:
  • Magnifique

    Nina says:
  • excellent !!!!

    sparola says:
  • God – there’s nobody in the water! More lost waves… what a waste. Nice house too.

    JimCan says:
  • very powerful Corb/Breuer vibe about it – I especially like the way a visual connection is maintained to “above” once one has descended to the pricipal level – kind of a Piranesian effect

    dbkii says:
  • great work

    ivan says:
  • amazin!

    edina says:
  • beautiful home
    beautiful hanging paintings

    Paedra says:
  • another millionaire’s house… on a natural reserve.

    Archic says:
  • good to look at your beautiful home again… thank you
    you should have one of my large art prints in your collection :))))

    Paedra says:
  • thanks 4 sharing, les quedó wapa.

    fMcW says:
  • perfect

    rozario says:

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