alejandro aravena’s casa ochoquebradas in chile photographed by cristóbal palma

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alejandro aravena's casa ochoquebradas in chile photographed by cristóbal palma

photographer cristóbal palma has documented alejandro aravena’s contribution to ‘ochoquebradas’, a development on the chilean coast overlooking the pacific ocean. the project involves the construction of 16 weekend houses, eight designed by chilean architects and the other half by japanese architects — including this dwelling by ryue nishizawa. responding to the brief, which called for a four-bedroom property that could be built for half a million US dollars, aravena designed a ‘primitive’ concrete residence influenced by the site’s rugged location.

alejandro aravena's casa ochoquebradas in chile photographed by cristóbal palma
image © cristóbal palma (also main image)

 

 

‘we saw the site and the fact of being a weekend house as an opportunity to explore a certain primitiveness,’ explains aravena, who leads chile-based firm elemental.‘the geography was so brutal, that only a strong and manly set of elements was appropriate. the pacific ocean here is not pacific at all; the water is white do to the violence while meeting the earth.’ the team used the absence of a client to design a weekend retreat that embraced a ‘more essential’ way of living, away from the conventions of everyday domestic life.

alejandro aravena's casa ochoquebradas in chile photographed by cristóbal palma
image © cristóbal palma

 

 

‘casa ochoquebradas’ comprises three volumes: one horizontal, one vertical, and one set at an angle between the two others. cantilevering slightly over the cliff edge, the horizontal volume contains self-sufficient living accommodation with floor to ceiling glazing providing sweeping views out to sea. meanwhile, the vertical volume compactly accommodates additional bedrooms and is topped with a roof terrace. the final volume, which is hollow, serves as a type of chimney, allowing smoke to exit the building from a glazed fire-pit in the horizontal volume below.

alejandro aravena's casa ochoquebradas in chile photographed by cristóbal palma
image © cristóbal palma

alejandro aravena's casa ochoquebradas in chile photographed by cristóbal palma
image © cristóbal palma

alejandro aravena's casa ochoquebradas in chile photographed by cristóbal palma
image © cristóbal palma

alejandro aravena's casa ochoquebradas in chile photographed by cristóbal palma
image © cristóbal palma

alejandro aravena's casa ochoquebradas in chile photographed by cristóbal palma
image © cristóbal palma

alejandro aravena's casa ochoquebradas in chile photographed by cristóbal palma
image © cristóbal palma

alejandro aravena's casa ochoquebradas in chile photographed by cristóbal palma
image © cristóbal palma

alejandro aravena's casa ochoquebradas in chile photographed by cristóbal palma
image © cristóbal palma

 

 

project info:

 

name: casa ochoquebradas
location: los vilos, chile
project: ochoquebradas
architect: alejandro aravena / elemental
status:
complete 2018
photography: cristóbal palma

alejandro aravena's casa ochoquebradas in chile photographed by cristóbal palma

alejandro aravena's casa ochoquebradas in chile photographed by cristóbal palma

alejandro aravena's casa ochoquebradas in chile photographed by cristóbal palma

alejandro aravena's casa ochoquebradas in chile photographed by cristóbal palma

alejandro aravena's casa ochoquebradas in chile photographed by cristóbal palma

alejandro aravena's casa ochoquebradas in chile photographed by cristóbal palma

alejandro aravena's casa ochoquebradas in chile photographed by cristóbal palma

alejandro aravena's casa ochoquebradas in chile photographed by cristóbal palma

alejandro aravena's casa ochoquebradas in chile photographed by cristóbal palma

alejandro aravena's casa ochoquebradas in chile photographed by cristóbal palma

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