Minimalist House in Chile by Etcheberrigaray + Matuschka
This minimalist house is located in Santa María, Chile, on an agricultural plot with fruit trees. The home was completed in 2013 by Etcheberrigaray + Matuschka.
“The house is located on land used for farming in the original house, with fruit trees planted in an area of 900 m2, where many of the existing trees are maintained, the construction does not alter the natural condition of the land, we work on a platform with a new level + -0.00, which, together with easing the construction, raises the view to the trees of the place.
The fruit trees are irrigated by canals that flood the field in a controlled way. Thus, the house is built on pilotis, so as to insulate it from moisture in addition to making the thermal insulation of the house more efficient, allowing to ventilate and insulate the underside of the floor structure.
The northeast orientation, to the main views of the farm fruit trees, corresponds to the greater percentage of glazed facade of the house, along with the east facade that overlooks the neighboring lands.
The fruit trees are also incorporated into the house through terraces that make up the garden surface for now, along with the pool, as the field will be kept wild.
The southwest facade is designed as an opaque wall that includes all the furniture developed in the project, parallel to the main axis of the house, closets, master vanity, desk, buffet furniture, kitchen and pantry all designed as a single piece of furniture. This opaque facade is recognized and transformed into the access circulation via a ramp that connects the street level with the house.
The house is designed in a single volume, divided into two areas that maintain continuity in space. Social and service areas are in the space with a variable height, and in the simple height enclosure are the bedrooms, all sharing views and orientation.”
Photos by Marcelo Cáceres