This Chilean concrete residence is a stance towards designing on a slope. Or rather, it is the synthesis of such a stance, a pavilion that is slanted to take in the slope of the hillside where it is located, with the program developed on several semi-levels that are internally related …
At the beginning of 2012 a young couple approached our practice for a GZ house. They had fallen in love with the beautiful setting of a small community on the outskirts of Santiago. On top of a steep hill, no road to reach it, with all the utilities’ network down below, the plot posed quite a challenge.
Balance between the public and the private is the concept that guides the whole project’s program. Located in the north-central area of Chile, the project serves the purpose of being a shelter and place for observation of nature’s beauty.
The design brief was for a small mountain cabin with a roof, kitchen, bathroom and bedroom – the necessities for resuming the mountain trek begun the day before. The proposal involved building, through planes and angles, a structure that provides an entrance through its folds and exterior views through its cuts.
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.
The Ghat house is located on a terrain that has a 25º inclination, facing the Pacific Ocean. Its design, structure, internal organization, and the lifestyle proposed within it were determined by the pre-existing conditions of the topography.