We love the fact that there are so many different ways to design and build a house. That makes each and every project unique and allows us to discover new and amazing ideas every day. Today’s inspiration source is a house located in Las Cabras, Chile. It’s a project developed by PAR Arquitectos and a rather unusual one with many interesting features.
The majority of the house has glazed sides and large openings which allow it to embrace the outdoor surroundings
First of all, the house’s proximity to a lake meant that an elevated platform was needed so the water can run underneath the house in case of a flood. Also, the views became a major component in the design and large windows and openings were created in order to take advantage of them. The most unusual feature however remains the floor plan and the overall framework of the house in general.
There’s an exposed frame around the volumes which give the house a rather industrial vibeThe entire house is slightly elevated above the ground due to the close proximity to the lakeThere’s not a definitive difference between the indoor and the outdoor areas as they’re all naturally interconnected
The building is almost entirely built out of wood which gives it a distinctive look and also helped keep the cost of the project low and made use of locally-sourced supplies. The floor plan is interesting because the house is basically made up of two volumes which intersect perpendicularly and look as if they’re passing through one another. That means one of the volumes is slightly taller than the other. This one houses the public areas such as the living room, kitchen, dining area, laundry room and it also incorporates a barbecue terrace. The second volume houses the private spaces and shares a very similar design. In total they offer 138 square meters of space and they do so in a very intriguing manner.
The kitchen and dining area make a perfect duo, complementing each other perfectlyAlthough some of the spaces are adjacent to one another, they manage to maintain a good level of privacyThis is one of the buffer areas placed between the public and private volumesClerestory windows let in lots of natural light into all the different areas of the houseThe colors, materials and finished featured inside are neutral and very simpleAlthough they’re part of the same space, the living room and kitchen areas maintain their separate identitiesLarge full-height windows frame views of the lake and expose the interior spaces to the beautiful outdoor surroundingsAs you can see, everything about this house looks and feels very simple and yet that doesn’t make it mainstream