Camino a Farellones
Las Condes, Santiago, CHILE
Architects: Max Núñez – Bernardo Valdés
Location: Las Condes, Santiago, Chile
Finished: January 2006
Structural Engineer: Rafael Gatica
Landscape Architect: Tere Moller
Lighting Designer: Interdesign
Built Surface: 230 m²
Materials: Concrete, steel
Photographs: James Silverman
The site is located in the valley of the Mapocho river, a few kilometers West from Santiago towards the Andes Mountains. It faces the valley of the Santuario de la Naturaleza to the North and has open views to mounts Pochoco, Paloma and Altar.
The project originates from the specific conditions of the site, its 15º slope, the pre-existing vegetation, the views, and the requirements of the client, a single man accustomed to living in the mountains.
The topography is interrupted by a horizontal plane of 8 x 36m oriented towards a North-South axis, perpendicular to the slope of the terrain. The more exposed programs are placed over the artificial platform, while the more intimate are arranged under it.
The pavilion is a relatively empty space, which can be occupied in several ways, containing cooking equipment - a comfortable table and furniture. It counts with some surfaces that accept the collections of things, which are the natural extensions of the lifestyle of its inhabitant. From here, the view goes through the windows and towards the mountain range, the depth of the valley, the pines and the immediate exterior.
The pavilion has a dimension in which the inhabitant, when alone, can discover a sensation of deprived territory.
The pavilion accepts the sun but it controls it through eaves and curtains. Two windows, facing the North and the South, allow a fluid ventilation of the pavilion with the wind from the valley. These tracks, the continuity of the surfaces of the ground and the prolongation of eaves, accentuate the extension of the interior towards the outside.
The front terrace and pool open up to the landscape, overhanging towards the slope. The water reflects the light into the pavilion and allows for refreshment during the high temperatures of the Summer.
Under the platform, descending from the pavilion and around the void of the pool, various programs are organized in a continuous space: the bedroom, bathroom, wardrobe and the library. This space contrasts with the panoramic view of the crystal pavilion on top of it, being enclosed by thick concrete walls. Here, the framing of the landscape is precise: a long window from which the sunset can be seen from the bed, a large window that visually penetrates the valley towards the North, and walls without views onto the city towards the West, handling the distance between these more intimate spaces and the landscape in a more controlled way.