Take a brief tour through this gorgeous house near Rapel Lake in central Chile. The home owner is Jorge, a pilot who runs his own avian company. With so much time traveling for work, it was essential to him to have something stunning and beautiful to come home to. Most important of all was to have a sustainable and eco-focused house, to pay back to the environment that nourishes us.
Essential to Jorge was the dream to have enough rooms to house visiting family members, when they come out to the lake. He gave B+V Arquitectos plenty of freedom to play around with a design and found himself extremely satisfied with the result!
You can see there are many levels to the home. From the road side access, the entrance takes you into the main body of the home, or right up on to the roof terrace. Built over a mountainous terrain It was important to make good use of a smaller plot of land rather than trying to level out much of the ground. Therefore the house is built on top of itself over different levels, which has also become a central element to the cooling and heating elements of the building.
To deal with the extreme heat in the summer, the common areas are built around this central atrium. The fold in the roof favors ventilation and the wooden slat terrace creates shade too. For winter months there is plenty of insulation and a wood burning heater.
The kitchen is built with a warm wood and natural tone that matches the feel of the surrounding countryside.
The master bedroom is one of my favorite spots in this home tour! With such stunning wake up views, you can understand why the view is complemented by simple decor.
Neat and tidy, extra bed spaces were created for visitors. The beds blend in and there is ample space for storage too.
As well as a veranda that reaches through the back end of the house, the roof features this excellent terrace space. The shade provided is ample for keeping cool in the summer, but we’re told it’s quite pleasant in winter too. In this way the wooden facade acts as both protective and attractive.
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If you want to see other home tours from Chile, check out the Los Molles house, with similarly stunning vistas across the valley.
Project: The Folding House
Design: B+V Arquitectos
Photos: Rodolfo Lagos Berardi