Mirador House Punta De Gallo by Rodrigo Santa María

Chilean architect Rodrigo Santa María has designed the Mirador House Punta De Gallo. Completed in 2012, this 1,938 square foot contemporary home in Tunquén, Chile, is uniquely situated at the peak of a hill, providing panoramic views of the pacific ocean. According to the architects: As a first step, we consolidated our noble housing plan with a wooden platform structured on the rocks. We kept the average level of natural elevation of the viewpoint and allowed it to only exceed the summit, which was integrated into the interior of the house. Then we constructed the access utilizing the thresholds given by the existing topography. Thus the rocks act as the plinth for which you access the house. 3 thresholds were recognized, which were transformed into a main access and two secondary ones. The main access is given by the slope created between two rocks, which are landmarks of this rockery. This entrance was constructed with concrete steps that are fused with the rocks. From these three accesses and the general plan, we constructed the main design concept required by the owners: that the unified terrace-living-dining-kitchen unit conquer the ocean view, while permitting to discover the other views as one traverses the house. The result is the constant presence of the landscape as a reference point.

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