Gallery: Corten-Clad Casa La Baronia Resists the Pacific Ocean’s Corros...

When Max Núñez and Nicolás del Rio get together to work on a project, the resulting design is almost always exceptional. This is definitely true of the Casa la Baronia in Chile: a simple timber structure built astride the pacific ocean, the Valparaíso home is clad in weathered Corten steel that protects it from the sea's corrosive powers and maximizes its lifespan.

The designers were limited by a tight budget and a very specific design brief when commissioned to build this striking seaside home, so they kept their material choices simple. A bolted timber box wrapped in weathered steel, and punctuated by glass windows, the Casa la Baronia has a small footprint of just 150 square meters but big views.

Deep horizontal windows provide excellent viewing spaces, while extensive glazing ensures that a lot of natural light penetrates the interior that is defined by an intense minimalism. The home’s cantilevering section provides space for storage and shade and the entire seaside program is reached by a long, elevated timber ramp. Completed in 2009, this enviable home is especially notable for its refined simplicity and awe-inspiring location.

+ Max Núñez

+ Nicolás del Rio

Photography by Sergio Pirrone


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