Plinth House brings local design and materials to bear for a coastal contemporary that would stand well in Punta de Lobos or Mavericks alike.
Pacific Ocean. Beach. Surfboards. Bungalow. Contemporary. Famous wine country. California, right?
Try a little further south a whole continent further south, all the way to the mid-section of Chile and Pichilemu in the colourfully named Cardenal Caro province and O’Higgins Region. Previously famous for suffering an earthquake in 2010, Pichilemu is home to Plinth House by LAND Arquitectos.
The wind-swept evergreens, indoor-outdoor design focus and a specific orientation to big surf furthers the California parallel. Plinth House brings local design and materials to bear for this specific coastal contemporary that would stand well in Punta de Lobos or Mavericks alike.
Plinth House by LAND Arquitectos
Mapped by Architourist.ca
LAND Arquitectos conveniently provided the above aerial map overlaid with their siteplan to help locate the property near Punta de Lobos. Unfortunately, the map/plan incorrectly locates the build site one swath south of the actual location. Our overlay of their site drawing on a Google image correctly locates the property with vegetation, roads and paths confirming accuracy.
aka Casa Zócalo
From the architect:
The commission was a house for a surfer and his family that would rescue typical elements of the architecture of the area in a contemporary way, and to create spaces protected from the cold southern wind (a constant in the area) and management of the afternoon sunlight, without impairing the view to Punta de Lobos (surf point) in this same direction.
We reinterpreted the “plinth” element, a local flagstone base on which most of the buildings in the historic center of Pichilemu were built (1885).
At the Plinth House, this element builds a platform, which forms an outer space for the house with terraces protected from the southern wind, and controlled green areas, limiting the irrigation area due to water scarcity in the area. The base and walls of the house ventilate, reducing indoor humidity and heat transfer of the house. The flagstone was obtained from a quarry enabled on the same site.
With a prevailing view towards Punta de Lobos, the volume is placed so that the greatest number of rooms look to the sea, but with a break in order to protect the northwest facade from the southern wind without losing the view. The layout of the house is basically: hermetic bedroom area towards the south, as this is the area of the volume that blocks the wind to the north area of the house, where there is a large living room, dining room and kitchen, open to an intermediate space where the barbecue area and terraces are fully protected from the wind and get northern sunlight.
Through an overhang along the length of the volume, the interior is protected from excess sunlight and also these spaces, built mostly out of wood from the area, generate intermediate spaces protected from the southern wind.
With the intention of generating continuity with the base, and of working the fifth facade, the roof was also clad in flagstone.
Architects: LAND Arquitectos
Location: Pichilemu, Cardenal Caro Province, O’Higgins Region, Chile
Project Architects: Cristóbal Valenzuela Haeussler, Ángela Delorenzo Arancibia
Design Team: Javier Lorenzo, Gonzalo Arteche
Photographs: Sergio Pirrone