This residence completed by Schmidt Arquitectos Asociados is located on the central coast of Cachagua, Chile and has a great view of the sea and the sunset while being exposed to the cold south-west wind. The sand slope accommodates the spacious interior decorated with pure and simple materials.
The clients wished for a traditional beach house where freedom and integration of the outdoor spaces are welcomed and there is a consequent break from the traditional formal city houses. The environment generates then a more calm and relaxed feeling.
”We proposed a beach terrace, an outside area that projects onto the view of the distant ocean. This place of contemplation is integrated into the main autonomous volume of the living room, dining room and kitchen through a large window that is found connecting the public space of the house”, the architects said. Moreover, the corridor is the same size as the bedrooms and generates a large common living area.
The beach is considered the central space of the house where relaxation and fun are happening. For this purpose, the hard floor of the terrace was covered with sand, so one can walk barefoot, without pretension.
A small hot tub, allowing year-round use, is accompanied by a concrete deck chair that simulates a stone. This synthesis of a natural landscape, by gathering its elements, is a reinterpretation of the distant coast.
The geometric forms create a beautiful enclosed area. Main blocks rise from the ground protecting the living room from the wind. The large glass walls block works as an autonomous body, incorporating the living room, the dining room, and the kitchen. Beneath this is the service area and above, on the second floor, is the more private master bedroom.