The following information is from Murúa:
The building sits on a plain between the hills and the valley on a widely open space overlooking the hills on the east and the valley on the west. Requirement was to expand the house adding 3 bedrooms and a sala but keeping the existing geometry intact. The objective of the project was to reuse and emphazise some elements of the Chilean houses of the early 20th century present in the pre-existing building like patios, galleries and open corridors.
The house had an “L” shape layout housing a sequence of bedrooms with a gallery on the east side and a open corridor on the west. This 2 circulations were used and extended to the north so as to integrate all with a second “L”where the new bedrooms and sala were included, connecting the old part with the new one with a threshold.
Once the gates that contain the space are opened, the garden blends with the geography of the hill, bringing it into the project.
The configuration of the house allowed working with open corridors, galleries and patios and to give it a fresh look contemporary materials were used like glass, steel, wood and concrete.
The sofits disappeared and special constructive details were used on the joints between the windows and the roof taking advantage of the lightness of the materials.
photographs taken by Cristobal Palma
The old house, before renovation.