Casa 14 is a one-bedroom home in the Valparaíso region of Chile designed by architects Renzo Alvano and Pablo Riquelme of Alvano y Riquelme Architects .
The house perches atop a hill and features expansive views of Chile’s wine region, Casablanca Valley.
Alvano y Riquelme Architects designed the residence for “leisure, social life and contemplation”. “The landscape floods with views and acts as a backdrop for the different activities,” the studio added.
Glass, concrete, wood and steel form the construction of the single-storey rectangular home. It is wrapped in glass and measures 20 square metres.
A feature of the design is its irregular shape created by black wooden beams and weathered pillars that form a geometric shell around the glass-and-concrete home.
The wooden structure is used to create coverings across the home’s outdoor walkways and patios. A triangular area culminates at one far end of the house with a pool, while the opposite is a viewing platform.
“One of the premises when imagining the possible uses of the house was ‘more terraces than interiors’,” said Alvano y Riquelme Architects.
“The house was designed as a small refuge surrounded by terraces and eaves, reinterpreting the tradition of the perimeter corridor of the Chilean country house,” the studio said.
Inside, the home has an open-plan layout with a central wall and fireplace that divides the bedroom from a living room, kitchen and dining space. Sliding glass walls provide access from the kitchen to the outdoor patio.
The patio features a covered dining area with concrete built-ins, including a barbecue area and a planter for a tree. These spaces are all “protected by an extensive gallery of wooden columns”.
Beyond, where the pool is located, is a more exposed area for swimming and sun bathing, complete with a wooden deck.
Casa 14 is complete with a foyer, bathroom and storage room, housed in a portion that extends out in a T-shape.
Chilean interior decorator Ximena Tannenbaum was enlisted to oversee the interior design of the residence, which features wood-clad walls, floors and ceilings that extend outside.
Tannenbaum’s choices are minimal and pared-back, including an L-shaped cream sofa that anchors the living room and pale grey cabinets in the living room.
A dining table has four grey metal stools and also serves as a worktop. In the bedroom are cream curtains that soften the surrounding glass walls.
Joining Casa 14 is a host of other houses in Chile’s Valparaíso region. Many are built close to the Pacific Ocean on stilts and clad in wood, including SAA’s linear Dock House , Casa Mujeres by Ignacio Correa and pine-clad holiday dwellings by Mobil Arquitectos .
Further inland and north in the Andes mountains is a black cabin built for a mountaineer .
Photography is by Cristóbal Palma .
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