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Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Cien House / Pezo Von Ellrichshausen Architects

Architects: Pezo Von Ellrichshausen Architects
Location: Concepcion, Chile
Client: Pezo von Ellrichshausen Ltda
Collaborators: Bernhard Maurer, Eleonora Bassi, Valeria Farfan, Michael Godden
Structure: Patricio Bonelli
Construction: Ricardo Ballesta
Sanitary project: Marcelo Valenzuela
Electrical project: Jaime Tatter
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 430 sqm
Photographs: Cristobal Palma

Decisive coincidences such as the amount of steps on a hill path nearby, or the elevation above sea level that defines the podium, can be used to explain the format of this building’s silhouette. Within two unified formats, an extended floor plan and a concentrated one, we organize the same unit twelve times: a square figure asymmetrically divided into four rooms.
Sometimes central, others lateral or in a diagonal disposition, each unit establishes a different relation amongst the rooms. Potentially, the lower rooms will be occupied with the heavy duties of a workshop. Trapped between these two factual worlds the domestic life rests protected with a large room for the daily use and a couple of bedrooms piled on it for the night. The main room steps down towards the west. By maintaining the lintels at one defined horizon, the progressive sequence of frames makes the perception of its depth relative.
© Cristobal Palma
Entering the main room is equivalent to diving under the platform defined by the whole number. You reach the studio by facing a mirror that shows in the inside what lies across the street. The cypress, turned into steps, locks into a continuous spiral that slowly offers the sight back while ascending. The construction is a regular and monolithic layering of concrete with exposed aggregate. A slight change in the size of the gravel differentiates the texture of the podium to that of the tower. In the interior,
© Cristobal Palmathe walls are wrapped by surfaces of painted wood, almost without thickness and barely interrupted by the galvanized steel frames that hold the windows in place.

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