Project: Puertecillo House / Chilean Beach House
Architects: 2DM Arquitectos
Architect in charge: Daniel Diaz M.
Location: Navidad, Chile
Area: 118.0 m2
Photography: Courtesy of 2DM
Text by 2DM Arquitectos
The commission consisted of two waterfront houses, on a narrow piece of land, compressed by the sea and a cliff. Thus, the question arises immediately: how not to fall into the evident blatancy of the view to the sea, having it in front like an unavoidable scene with no mediating between sight and sea? The answer is to measure. A volume is then proposed that revolves in itself to receive the sea as a surprise, as a violent blow of sight, and a different perspective each and every time, as a sight that cannot be anticipated.
The Chilean beach house is divided into two volumes, which are stacked one on top of one another and rotated at right angles. We can say that it is a work that achieves, not an immense, unique sea, but several, that of the northern rockery, Punta Puertecillo to the south, and so on. In this way, the two volumes that contain and tighten the volume appear: the sea and the cliff.