Small Cozy Wooden House near Ocean

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Design:Alvaro Ramirez, Clarisa Elton
Project:Casa en Buchupureo (House in Buchupureo)
Location:Buchupureo, Chile
Photos:Carlos Ferrer, Álvaro Ramírez, Clarisa Elton

The small cozy wooden house near ocean is located in a remote area in Chile, on a steep rocky cliff, and containes a radically open area without a railing above the incredible dizzying precipice with a beautiful view of the ocean.

Architect Alvaro Ramirez designed two sets of spaces that have no adjacent walls and separated from each other and from the sea with the wall consisting of a simple wooden frame with glazed apertures. In one group of premises there is a living room and in another there ara bedroom and bathroom.

Description from architects

This small cozy wooden house near ocean is located in a remote tip of the south-central Chile, specifically in Buchupureo, VIII Bío Bío Region coast. The project develops way dialogue with its environment, either by the material used for space development, as well as by the way of implementation on the site. The house perches on a steep slope through piles, which lessen the project intervention on the ground.

This beautiful small house develops 3 spatial areas that respond to the acts of the rest. A room with bathroom, a space that meets the room with the kitchen and a terrace in the middle as the articulator of both. All spaces seek panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean. The terrace serves as hall space inhabitant, it is proposed as an intermediate space because it is located between two interior spaces, provides wind protection and allows to live in the expanse of the ocean.

The structure mostly is in sight giving the shape of the house. This was conceived with local wood (pinus radiata), it is how the partitions are made in radiata pine, which were treated differently based on their role. For the structure of pillars and beams and pieces of 4 "x6", 2 "x6" and 2 "x5" they were used. All were impregnated to give them protection against moisture. Linings for use pine was ¾ "x4" brushed without any treatment. Finally for a tongue and groove siding 1 "x4", which was painted with carbolineum.

Project of this cozy wooden house establishes a close relationship with local architecture using wood and 'flagstone' as predominant materials. (Most of the fences in the area are built with stone walls and flagstone mud, as well as many older homes).

The roof structure is wood and worked as a plane that folds up slightly, which is clear from the structure of the walls letting a light to create a feeling of spaciousness. The flagstone was used to coat and protect the cover, turn it was thought as an element of both cultural adaptation (local architecture) as a natural (landscape elements).


Alvaro Ramirez, Clarisa Elton - OF Arquitectos

OF is an architecture and design collective co-directed by Alvaro Ramirez and Francisco Cepeda, with experience in the residential field, interior design, educational buildings and public space.
Our proposals are oriented to meet the specific needs of each client, generating programmatic adaptability, flexibility and validity over time.

Among our main works, the extension of the Faculty of Architecture, Art and Design of the Diego Portales University, the Errazuriz-Cooper house, exhibited at the IIT of Chicago - USA selected within the Latin American Emerging Architecture group, and the Ensignia Gerber house, stand out. finalist of the Biennial of Cordoba - Argentina and selected within the 100 best Chilean works by the website Arquitectura Platform.

Francisco Cepeda

He is a Doctor in Architecture from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia, Barcelona, ​​Spain; Architect with maximum distinction by the Central University of Chile; Full professor at the Faculty of Architecture, Art and Design of the Diego Portales University and partner of OF Arquitectos SpA. Between 2003 and 2005 he works as a collaborator and associate architect in the office of Mirene Elton and Mauricio Leniz. In Barcelona (2006-2009), he collaborates as an architect at Patrick Genard & Associates, an office dedicated to hotel projects and office buildings, among which the MediaPro Tower stands out in the 22 @ Barcelona, ​​together with the architect Carlos Ferrater. In the field of Teaching and Research he has been a professor at the University of Talca, Universidad Mayor, Universidad Diego Portales and assisted as a guest professor in workshops at the Catholic University and Universidad Andrés Bello. In 2009 he obtained the research sufficiency with the Doctoral Thesis project "The houses of Jorge Elton; deployment and discipline of the form", in the Department of "Architectural Projects" of the ETSAB. He exhibits at the 3rd Docomomo Seminar Chile, Modern Heritage and City. Since 2010 he has been a Full Professor of Workshop at the Diego Portales University.

Alvaro Ramirez

He is an architect from the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism of the University of Chile with a maximum distinction and a Bachelor in Social Sciences from the same university. From 2003 to 2005 he works as a collaborating architect in the Elton + Leniz architects office. At the end of 2005, he formed "Ramirez-Moletto associate architects" where he carried out important projects, among them the Universidad Andrés Bello Concepción headquarters. He has also participated in different national and international competitions highlighting the 1st place in the I Biennial of the South, architecture category, among other awards. He has also collaborated in international competitions with the architect Mathias Klotz. In the teaching field he has been a professor at the Universidad Mayor, Universidad de Chile and is currently a professor at the Universidad Diego Portales. He has also been invited, as a visiting professor, to different universities including CEDIM in Monterrey - Mexico.

Address:Nueva de Lyon 19, D62,
Providencia, Stgo, Chile

Small Cozy Wooden House near Ocean