Felipe Croxatto Viviani
(Studio: Croxatto & Opazo Arquitectos)
project selected: Casa Machagua
AUTHOR: Mg. Arq. Felipe Croxatto V. and Arq. Nicolás Opazo M.
CONTRIBUTORS: Catalina Gómez, Amalia Oats, Adrián Lucio, Daniela Mármol. LOCATION: Cachagua, V Region, Chile.
SURFACE AREA: 284m2
PHOTOGRAPHY: Daniel Casado Bissone
This second residency program is located in the town of Cachagua, on a corner plot of 1.075m2 next to a wetland and a hundred metres away from Playa Grande.
The house consists of three levels. The first is a large, massive and heavy volume. It is conceived as a great solid of coral stone, sculpted and undercut, which responds to the needs of the programme of uses and relationship with the surroundings. The entrance to the house is located in the central part. The programme of public domestic rooms is situated to the south, opening onto the main courtyard to the west, accompanied by a first level of terrace and a barbecue-dining room. To the east, the house is closed off from the flow of pedestrians and vehicles from the neighbouring street. A large concrete slab crosses the ceiling of the living-dining room. From this slab, large sleeper beams are suspended, which incorporate the main lighting in this area. Above this slab, the second level of the terrace is abalcona to the main courtyard. The bedrooms face north, extending their programme across a large courtyard that is divided into two zones: one hard, made of shells and sleepers; the other, vegetation adjoining the wetland. Above the stone massif and the bedrooms is a second, smaller volume housing the master bedroom and its outbuildings and a private terrace. The north side opens up to the views of the surrounding environment. The south side closes off towards the main courtyard, providing privacy. The third terrace level is located above this volume, with a 360° view that seeks a connection with the sea. A large outdoor staircase connects the three terrace levels, allowing the linking of these spaces and increasing the usable surface of the courtyard. The project blends into the terrain through incisions and breaks that form controlled green areas, enhancing the relationship between indoors and outdoors.