Welcome to our gallery showcasing the incredible House on Lake Villarrica by Planmaestro Arquitectos.
It isn’t everyday that you find inspired design merge so completely with responsible environmental practice.
Located in Fundo Los Raulíes, within Chile’s enchanting Araucanía Region, this 8,000 square meter (86,000 square feet) site on the northern shore of Lake Vallarrica, within eyeshot of the Vallarrica volcano. It comes complete with spectacular vistas, an ancient native forest, and a multi-wing home that takes advantage of the locale’s unique features.
With a moderate slope towards the lake and large collection of old-growth trees, the designer took into account the site’s topography and tree placement when settling on the house’s footprint, resulting in a home that is as unique as the spot it inhabits.
Engineered by Ruiz Saavedra, and constructed by Harald Keutmann, the 387 sqm (4,000 sq ft.) abode’s design incorporated several requirements into the plans, including bedrooms for the client’s family and for guests, and common areas for the whole group and services.
Giving higher priority to conservation of the surrounding forest – particularly the largest, oldest trees – over views of the lake and volcano, the house is grouped in sections or “wings,” which allowed each wing to be rotated independently to avoid tree clearing.
Electing to build the house in wings also allows every interior space to be in visual contact with the forest’s environment.
To best make use of the wonderful views, it was decided the home would have a total of four wings in the shape of an ‘X’, with one of the wings filling the role of a common area while increasing views of the surrounding lake and forest.
All this foliage creates a problem, however. How would light get through the forest’s thick canopy to surround the house with enough natural light?
Taking this into account, lighting designer Paulina Sir includes plenty of windows and non-uniform roof lines between wings, which allow for banks of windows at the roof line to let in even more sunlight. Trachsel Emilce provides the landscaping.
Take a look through this house and see if this convergence of design and function doesn’t capture and ignite your imagination.
Photography: Mathias Jacob
Designed to form an ‘X’, the home allows for several common areas in which to entertain guests and consolidate entertaining, eating and cleaning areas . This area, directly off the living room area, features a large outdoor deck.
Whether night or day, this home’s design proves that it is possible to work with a site’s existing topography and natural elements instead of using the bulldozer to customize the location of the house.
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