Type: Beach house
Location: Zapallar, V region
Area: 123 m2
Collaborator architects: Javier Lorenzo, Gonzalo Arteche, Francisco Duarte and Andrés Altamirano
Structure: Enzo Valladares Photographer: Sergio Pirrone Awards: UFLO Awards, Jury Selection, Buenos Aires (Argentina), 2014
Rambla House is a weekend house located along the central coast of Chile, at Zapallar, about 175 km. from Santiago. The project is located next to the coastal pedestrian promenade linking the Zapallar downtown area with the Zapallar Cemetery, with a privileged view of the Pacific Ocean.
The interior spaces were designed so that there is continuity and a direct connection between indoor and outdoors spaces, while protecting the main spaces from harsh local coastal climate, characterized by strong south winds and excessive sun exposure from the west.
The house is constructed on concrete beams providing ventilation of the structure to prevent humidity, a common problem in this coastal area. Over the beams timber, volumes where built using pine columns in "V" shape for structuring. All woods were treated with a white colored product for protection from marine influence and increasing brightness and contrast with the surrounding landscape.