The simple orthogonal geometry of this solitary wooden retreat frames gorgeous views of Chile's Valparaiso region. Santiago-based design studio Ricardo Torrejon Arquitectos teamed up with architect Arturo Chadwick to design and build the beautiful CML House, proving that great architecture can be produced on a tight budget.
The house is located in the lush landscape of the Chilean midwest. Its pinwheel layout comprises four winged volumes that house different functions. The clean lines of the design and logical spatial organization aim to provide a sense of order and give hits to four definite areas: entrance, service, principal and children. A small garden is attached to the house and can be accessed through floor-to-ceiling windows.
Working with a site located on a gentle slope overlooking the landscape, the architects were free to create volumes which would optimize the use of natural light. It is mainly east-north oriented so it gets the best sun exposure at the same time that it turns back from south-west in order to protect from afternoon’s heavy winds and sun radiation.
“The luxury or category in this house was given not necessarily by using expensive features, but by the use of a reduced palette of natural materials rather than industrial products. We also invested in quality space: overall interior height, integrated rooms, and the contrast between immediate surrounding and distant views towards the geographical context,” said the architects.
Photos by Felipe Fontecilla