Neutral Space on Serene Ground

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Aspects and prospects are conditioned by weathering from water, air, and salt. Isolated, remote sites entirely expose architecture and its civility to the elements. Situated atop soft topography, this subtly conspicuous shelter can open itself 360° to the vastness of the surrounding panorama.

This holiday house is a feature on the Chilean landscape of grassy scrub near Morrillos. Neutral space could be found here, where architect Cristián Izquierdo Lehmann realized a geometry that reflects the local environs with faceless impartiality and uncompromising simplicity.

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People go to holiday houses to rejuvenate themselves, possibly to seek new perspective. Consummate arrival to this hideaway in Morrillos is completed by wandering away from the house, a functional symbol of material life. Stepping away from the timber walls begins a weekend nomad’s mindful walk in any direction.

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Each exterior wall offers a symmetrical ramped entry through the perimeter, surrounded by full-height shutter doors. The square parti is cornered by patios open to the sky.

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Battened and closed, the shell of this holiday home is protected from harsh conditions, rain, sun, and wind. Upon arriving and filling the rooms, visitors will rouse and excite the space while opening the structure.

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Written by CPG

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CREDIT
Cristián Izquierdo Lehmann, architect. Osvaldo Peñaloza, structural consultant. Danilo Saldibar, builder. Morillos, CL, c. 2016.
Tomás Rodríguez, photographer.
NEWS SOURCE
Jakob Schoof, “Residential chess by the Pacific: holiday home in Morrillos,” Detail (blog), January 8, 2018, https://www.detail-online.com/article/residential-chess-by-the-pacific-holiday-home-in-morrillos-31381/.

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