Chilean Architect Breaks Up Coastal View in Innovative New Build

Chilean architecture firm 2DM have played with perspective in their newly finished house, currently on private lease, situated on a narrow coastal plot of land in Puertecillo, in the Cardenal Caro Province of Chile.

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Supported on stilts, the building’s two main volumes are clad in blackened timber that contrast with the lighter wooden frames around the windows, and form a right angle with a roof terrace accessible by ladder.

A smaller volume underneath serves as the building’s entrance, and the windows on the shorter sides of the volumes offer for architect Daniel Díaz M “a mediation between sight and sea.”

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Daniel Diaz M dismisses conventional panoramic sea-views as “evident blatancy”, opting instead to break up the ocean view into vista of the cliffs to the North, and the sea to the South, by way of the windows at the ends of the volumes. Sandwiched as it is between cliffs and sea, the plot’s isolation – which made construction difficult, Daniel tells The Plus when we caught up with him – adds to the contemplative seclusion of the 118 m2 site, finished in 2016 after a ten month long period of work.

The Plus: Tell us about the decision to use blackened timber on this spectacular house. Do you think you would work with it again?
Daniel Diaz M:
Absolutely, it’s a kind of moisture barrier for wood that works perfectly in aggressive natural contexts like this.

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TP: Where did the inspiration for the rotated blocks come from?
DDM:
It was a way of confronting an immense ocean, not just from a poetic point of view, but as a necessary step to understand the complexity of the place.

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TP: How important do you think it is to create a house that feels like it fits into its environment?
DDM:
It’s exactly what you have to do, which is to understand the site and its surroundings. We chose the timber from local suppliers, for example. It’s made from pine, like many of the buildings in the area.

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TP: You’ve used large windows – what kind of atmosphere did you want the building to have?
DDM:
The windows were designed as a ‘present’ for the end of each corridor.

TP: Was it important to have terrace space in a location such as this?
DDM:
The terraces complete the house, in the sense of framing the site from a new perspective.

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TP: So how did you go about breaking up the sea horizon?
DDM:
The volumes revolve on top of one another to present the sea as a surprise, as a violent blow to one’s vision, and provide a different perspective at and every turn. It is a project that achieves not an immense, unique sea, but several seas.

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Photos courtesy of 2DM

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