Tunquen House is an oceanfront property nestled high on a cliff over 50 meters above sea level, the incredible vision of Nicolás Lipthay Allen / L2C, located in Tunquen, Algarrobo, Valparaíso Region, Chile. The house can be found 160 kilometers outside of the city of Santiago, sitting in a contemplative and respectful manner, as a frame for nature and the environment.
It is defined as a single volume of white concrete which is divided into three areas. The main area houses the living room, dining and kitchen, leaving at one end the master bedroom and its services, and at the other the bedrooms for children and guests. This way, the house can set two scales of use, the first is when the owners are at the house by themselves, and the second is when they are there with the kids or guests.
The climatic conditions of the area, dominated by a powerful south wind, conditioned the design. Attached to the living area is a courtyard that has multiple functions, the most important is to be outside sheltered from the wind, in connection with the view and the interior of the house. This same courtyard provides the access, an outdoor dining area and garden.
The structure of the house is made up of a “bracket” of reinforced concrete which along with the fireplace and the walls of the exterior courtyards shape the projected volume, the roof is based on beams and wood, giving texture and greater height to the spaces.
Photos: Nico Saieh
Casa Zapallar Papudo is a stunning beachfront property that has been designed by architecture studio Raimundo Anguita, and is located on the coast, in the coastal way between Zapallar and Papudo, Chile. The area is one of the more exclusive and elegant places of summer vacation on the central Chilean littoral. This beach home, with an area of 3,000 square meters, is the only one of its kind with this permission, rests along the broad seashore, a domain of the whole north coast. The 5,382 square foot (500 square meters) house consists of two clearly distinct areas that flow outward to an external central courtyard surrounded by public property. This courtyard has the distinction of visually linking enclosures and light with morning sun throughout the interior of the house.
The entrance to the property is through a covered garden area outside of the bedrooms which leads to a hall through which you reach a higher viewpoint to visualize and understand the house and its relationship with the environment. With the exception of this space, the rest of the house is on the ground level with the arranged with the intention of facilitating gatherings and family life, essential elements of the second housing.
The sea is visible from every part of the house, prioritizing all the bedrooms and living and dining rooms, enclosures that are designed as spaces of contemplation.
A curved roof of exposed concrete covers the hall, living and dining rooms, and terrace- giving it a unique specialty and creating, in balance with the maritime environment, an atmosphere of tranquility and belonging.
The Tunquen Residence is a stunning private vacation home situated in Tunquen, Chile designed by Grupo 7 Architecture + Interiors. The architecture studio completed all aspects of the project, including the interiors, lighting design and construction administration. Nestled on a mountainside with views out towards the ocean, the home is surrounded by a rocky outcropping of desert vegetation and rugged landscape. The interiors is comprised of 2,000 square feet of living space with a minimalist design for easy upkeep for when the owner’s are out of town.
Founded by José Tohá and Jim Cronenberg in 2002. Grupo 7 is a full-service architecture and interior design studio. Our work strives for a fresh, modern approach that is attentive to spatial experience, materials, and lighting, while also tending to the realities of function, budget, and schedule. We have completed projects in the US and internationally, varying in scope from condominiums to residences to restaurants, lounges, and commercial interiors.
Photos: Courtesy of Grupo 7
Integrated within the striking natural surroundings, Espinoza House is a single family home that derives its characteristics from the landscape around it, integrating, stone, wood and glass and opening up to the bay. Designed by Chilean architecture practice WMR the 1,506 square foot (140 square meters) home is nestled on the mountains surrounding Matanzas beach, on the Chilean central coast.
The architects sought to integrate the building within its striking surrounding landscape, deriving its characteristics from the environment in which it is inserted. The house is dug into the hill in such a way that it allows for a patio invaded by the morning light, while offering protection from the wind and a view of the sea.
Next to the patio, the architects have inserted the kitchen, dining and living spaces in a lower level, all built out of stone, sharing the materiality of the mountains. The rest of the house’s structure consists of a combination of Oregon pine wood and steel beams, and opens up with large windows that overlook the beach. Here, a living space, which is — conceived as a yoga room — is articulated with two bedrooms.
Photos: Sergio Pirrone
Tres Hermanos Cabin was designed by Chilean architecture studio WMR, a low-cost residence located on a spectacular cliff in Matanzas, off the Chilean central coast, which seeks to reflect the lifestyle of its young surfer inhabitants. In the same spirit of the architect’s project for Puccio House, WMR have worked with a striking location, and sought to make a minimal, rational intervention that wouldn’t destroy the slope.
Expertly using wood and glass, the studio designed a 3 x 6 meter two-storey volume with open, flexible spaces that intertwine the exterior and interior. With a total of 344 square feet (32 square meters) of living space, the ground floor features a living area, alongside a dining area and a kitchen. On the first floor, two sliding doors are the only elements defining the space, which contains a bathroom, bedroom and hall.
Photos: Sergio Pirrone
This Chilean home is that of architect Carolina Katz, her husband and four children, where trees are a part of the home’s original design that was constructed 27 years ago by well-known architect Fernando Castillo Velasco. The interior courtyard features four ficus trees and one almond tree, which is part of what drew Katz to this beautiful home; along with the high ceilings, simple floor plan and a fabulous location in Santiago’s Vitacura neighborhood. The 2,475 square foot (230 square meters) home did need some interior renovations, Katz made sure to retain the architectural history and embrace its quirks, which includes the ficus trees. This interior patio was once the home’s dining room, but since the large space is in the center of the house, Katz turned it into a central hangout spot.
A chandelier hangs amidst a grove of ficus trees.
Katz and her husband have a love of contemporary art, rotating their collection and personal work around the house.
A portable fireplace adds a cozy element to the high ceilings in the interior patio.
Several main windows were opened and widened during renovation.
Katz loves modern furniture, especially Scandinavian pieces, and warms up their simple lines with hand-crafted Chilean pottery and rugs. The elegant coffee table is one of Katz’s designs.
Bright white modern shelving and cabinetry contrast against the home’s original brick walls in the office.
A colorful rug hand-crafted in Chile and bold red chairs reflect Katz’s signature contemporary style in an adjacent family room.
The kitchen has been completely renovated, except the brick walls, which have been preserved to keep the home’s identity and unity. Ceramic floor tile, updated appliances and custom-designed cabinetry transformed it into a functional space. The kitchen dining table is partially hidden in one of the shelves and pulls out when needed.
The dining room was originally where the kitchen was.
The racquets above her son’s bed were Katz’s husband’s tennis and squash racquets from the late ’70s. The golf clubs were Katz’s father’s.
A small patio sits just outside the home office, it has been redesigned as an easy-to-access home garden. Old CD shelves hold pots of herbs and other plantings.
The square-shape patio is almost 250 square feet. The patio space was not being utilized so instead the family decided to turn it into a garden, planting lemon, orange and tangerine trees, as well as lettuces, tomatoes, spinach and herbs.
Photos: Courtesy of Carolina Katz + Paula Nuñez
Casa El Pangue stands on a steep slope facing the ocean in rural area of El Pangue, Chile. Designed by Elton+Leniz Arquitectos Asociados, the 4,703 square foot (437 square meters) house is organized with a central vertical circulation, connecting the four levels and three terraces, in order to get as much of the view of the Pacific Ocean as possible, taking advantage of the height offered by the natural slope of the site.
Each level contains a different part of the program; access is through the lower level, where you find parking, storage and an open shower. The next level houses the public zones of the house, such as the kitchen, play room, dining room and living room. The third level features bedrooms and the family room, and the fourth the main bedroom.
The constructive system is generated upon sustaining concrete walls that terraces the site in three levels. The fourth level was designed as a lightweight structure with wood siding. The living room level appears as a great terrace surrounded by planters, which replace the railings.
Photos: Natalia Vial
The enormous mountain range of the Chilean Patagonia as a backdrop adds to the true beauty and wonderment of this region. The architecture of the hotel is small-scale in comparison to its surrounding environment. Designed by talented Chilean architect German del Sol, founder of the Explora travel agency, Hotel Salto Chico can be found at what some would consider, “the world’s ultimate lands’ end.” This stunning luxury eco-hotel is located in Torres del Paine, a national park in central Patagonia, along the banks of Lake Pahoe, at the southernmost tip of Chile. This area has also been declared by UNESCO as a biosphere reserve, due the extensive untouched land. Del Sol created this 50 room property with an attempt to flow with the natural forms that surround it. Viewed from up close, this hotel appears more as an observation station with incredible ambiance.
To stay as a guest in one of these beautiful appointed rooms with an incredible view ranges from, $2,660 to $6,224 for four nights or $4,720 to $11,360 for eight nights, per person, all meals and excursions included, from here.
The exterior of the hotel has been painted white to blend in with the exterior environment of glaciers, icebergs and snowcapped mountains.
The pathway leads to various places such as the street, into nature, as well as the pier at Lake Pahoe.
The interiors of the hotel features a mix of local lenga wood, cypress, and slate, as well clever lighting and panels of glass that provide incredible views of the park.
The architect designed all the lighting, furniture and accessories and had local artisans crafts everything from materials native to the land. Most of the rooms feature panoramic views of the waterfalls, mountains, glaciers or lakes that are adjacent to the hotel.
Wood support beams in the interior and cement cladding on the exterior of the hotel help to protect the structure from the strong winds and harsh winter elements.
The Ona Bath House is in a separate section of the hotel, the pool and the jacuzzi is at the same elevation as the lake to take advantage of the views.
Ranco House is located in a privileged area of Lago Ranco, Chile, designed by studio elton+léniz arquitectos asociados. The shape of the house forms to the landscape, respecting the existence of a large rock cliff and numerous native trees, with spectacular views. The 6,458 square foot (600 square meters) house is composed of two volumes that are connected by a bridge way around the rock and adapts to the position of the trees.
From the architects, “the language of the house responds to the use of typical materials of the south of Chile (shingles, wood) with its own language by treating the wood with carbonileo outward, giving the color black, and a natural interior. Moreover, it is used a more contemporary language with the concrete to create a high noble plane on which is mounted much of the program. The result is a mix between a typical southern barn and a contemporary house, taking care of the integration of interior and exterior, in which, like a tree house, the house takes a privileged position facing the landscape.” Via
Photos: Marcos Mendizabal
Metamorphosis 1 is the renovation of a wooden house in Tunquén, Casablanca, Chile by architects Jose Ulloa Davet + Delphine Ding. The project is organized according to a new helical path which, through the extension of an existing deck and the overhang of the new room, allows the user to go up to two new panoramic terraces on the house. The skin on the project is designed as an autonomous unit, through modulated square openings with measures based on a 30 centimeters module and a skin with a changing rhythm. New areas of the house blend into the existing through the ventilated timber skin, whose function is to avoid accumulations of water and moisture in the structure wall.
Before and after the renovation.
Photos: José Ulloa Davet