Max Núñez Arquitectos


Nueva de Lyon 19, of.42
Providencia, Santiago. CHILE
Ph. (+56 2) 22334134
Cel. (+56 9) 99697412
Max Núñez (1976) studied architecture at Universidad Católica de Chile achieving his degree and a Master in Architecture in 2004. He did pre graduate studies at the Politecnico di Milano, Italy, during 1998-99. In 2010 he achieved a Master in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University, New York, where he received the Lowenfish Memorial Prize, and the William Ware Prize for Excellence in Design. He is currently head of the Master in Architecture Program at Universidad Católica de Chile. His work has been published in different magazines and books, and has been included at architecture biennals in Chile and abroad. He has been invited to show his work at universities in Chile, USA, Argentina, Ecuador and Spain.
La Reina, Santiago. CHILE
April, 2013
Los Vilos, V Region. CHILE
Ghat House
Cachagua, V Region. CHILE
Los Molles
Cachagua, V Region, CHILE
MAD Building
The Grange School, Santiago. CHILE
La Baronia
Quinteros, V Region, CHILE

Architects: Max Núñez – Nicolás del Rio
Collaborator: Gonzalo Leturia
Location: Quinteros, V Region, Chile
Finished: December 2009
Clients: Carlos Fuentes, Bernardita Cossio
Structural Engineer: Enzo Valladares
Building Contractor: Eduardo Torreblanca
Built Surface: 150 m²
Materials: Wood, zinc-alum cladding
Photographs: Erieta Attali, Sergio Pirrone

The corroding power of the salty breeze coming from the Pacific Ocean can wear out an unprotected structure in a short period of time. Here, the braking waves are not a romantic vision of nature but a very crude reality of the temporal condition of architecture.

The project offers a delay of that imminent decay by building a weathered protection of corten steel and an interior structure of bolted wood frames. The “idilic” open pavilion by the seaside is replaced by a much more hermetic construction.

A tight budget and a precise brief restrained the design to a rational and flexible organization of the program in two levels and to the tectonic expression of a simple wood structure. The articulation of this structure is different in both levels, creating distinct relations with the view to the Pacific. If above in the common areas, the perimeter is defined by the repetition and variations of the wood envelope, on the level below, a deep horizontal window detached from the structure characterizes the bedrooms. These variations create different corners and views, defining a distance with the exterior, and stressing the condition of the house as a shelter by the seaside.
Max Núñez Arquitectos   |  Nueva de Lyon 19, of.42, Providencia  |   Santiago, Chile   |   F. (+56 2) 2233 4134