Casa El Boldo

Casa El Boldo by SUN arquitectos




Casa El Boldo
Photo © Nico Saieh

The project is located in front of Zapallar bay, 169 km from Santiago de Chile in the region of Valparaiso. An isolated house in the forest at 450 m above the sea level, on the southern slope of the hill where El Boldo Park, a sclerophylls’ forest, is located.

Casa El Boldo
Photo © Nico Saieh

The thick stone walls modify the extreme topography in habitable levels, achieving two horizontal planes, in between the forest, which gives virtue to the territory and roots the architecture in an intimate relationship with its environment and the forest that surrounds it.

Casa El Boldo
Photo © Nico Saieh

Its complex variety of materials is balanced and related accepting each quality and its contrasts, managing to moderate its conditions, matching the appearance between concrete, wood, stone, and marble, all noble and long-lived materials, which contrast its rustic and warm persistence, with glass and steel roof, materials that give a contemporary look, an innovative and mixed face to the outside.

Casa El Boldo
Photo © Nico Saieh

Program
The internal space is divided into two floors, a level of access and main use, with a parking area, and all the service areas gathered, communicated with the living spaces, such as living room, dining room and terrace, which are connected in a fluid way.

Casa El Boldo
Photo © Nico Saieh

The level which goes from the main room to the pool space of free movement, that provides habitability and comfort to the owners of the house, a couple of the third age, who asked as a fundamental requirement, to provide this continuous transit without slopes, due to their age.

Casa El Boldo
Photo © Nico Saieh

Topping the end of the housing circuit there is the living room, which conquers an almost complete transparency with the exterior, in an intimate relationship with the hill, its vegetation and the view to the beach.

Casa El Boldo
Photo © Nico Saieh

Volumetry
The horizontal composition of the house is divided between two realities that contrast their characteristics; A half-buried body of stone that emerges from the topography, it configures the access as an ancestral cave, which highlights the roughness of the materials and is organically covered with a vegetal roof.

Casa El Boldo
Photo © Nico Saieh

An element that gives continuity to the hill over the service area, hiding part of the size and controlling its presence as an upper facade to the view of the park’s paths behind it. Separated by a sequence of light patios and glazed ceilings, there is the living space, warm barn-style wooden pavilion and a shell-like roof.

Casa El Boldo
Photo © Nico Saieh

Like an inverted wooden boat that leans according to the use and the greatness of the space accompanying the sloping terrain in its same cutting graduality. Interior with external vocation, light in its essence and wide in its use relationships, which reward the permanence in virtue of the distant.

Casa El Boldo
Photo © Nico Saieh

Light
The house is oriented with the predominant views of the bay, facing away from the orientation of the sun, which forces us to receive natural light in a zenith way, through skylights that capture and transmit natural light to the interior and thus provide warmth to the spaces. The kitchen is illuminated by gratifying overhead light from the green roof, which covers all the independent service zone too. Source by SUN arquitectos.

Casa El Boldo
Photo © Nico Saieh
  • Location: Zapallar, Chile
  • Architect: SUN Architects
  • Architect in Charge: Juan Eduardo Salinas
  • Collaborating Architect: Balazs Rose
  • Builder: Sebastian Alemparte
  • Year: 2017
  • Photographs: Nico Saieh, Courtesy of SUN arquitectos
Casa El Boldo
Photo © Nico Saieh
Casa El Boldo
Photo © Nico Saieh
Casa El Boldo
Photo © Nico Saieh
Casa El Boldo
Photo © Nico Saieh
Casa El Boldo
Photo © Nico Saieh
Casa El Boldo
Photo © Nico Saieh
Casa El Boldo
Photo © Nico Saieh
Casa El Boldo
Photo © Nico Saieh
Casa El Boldo
Photo © Nico Saieh
Casa El Boldo
Photo © Nico Saieh
Casa El Boldo
Photo © Nico Saieh
Casa El Boldo
Photo © Nico Saieh

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