This project is by a long, open beach, on a desert dune rising in front of a wetland. It is a seasonal house to accommodate up to three couples, and can be leased or bartered the rest of the year. Its intermittent occupation and isolated location led us to think of it as a superposition of two models: the motel and the cabin. The motel suggests self-sufficient rooms served from the outside by a second access, while the cabin presumes a centralized space that brings the community together. A set of 4 rooms come together in a shared central kitchen, forming a larger compact structure enclosed by mobile panels, which open different possibilities of use according to their position.
▼ 海岸边，沙丘上的建筑，The building is locates on a desert dune by the beach
Outside these rows of pillars, 72 wooden doors enclose the house. When opened outward, each room-courtyard is a private space connected to the outside by a row of portals framing the horizon. When closed, instead, they become an intimate space, protected from the wind and the views, but opened to its neighbors through a perimeter porch. Opening the views foster independence. Closing some doors can open common uses.
▼ 建筑立面隔板完全关闭，形成封闭的空间，The wooden doors close to form an intimate space
▼ 建筑立面隔板完全打开，形成开放的空间，The wooden doors open to form a private space connected to the outside
Each room consists of an interior space connected to an equivalent-sized courtyard, both covered by a common beamed ceiling, with two sides open to the outside and a wall separating them from the adjoining unit. These four structures are placed together in a perpendicular axis from one another, conforming a cross plan over a squared base. The tip of this form, which faces the horizon, hosts a living room connected to a kitchen and dinning room in one common area. The opposite end contains a guest room with views to the wetland. At either side, two units host equal master bedrooms-courtyard facing the peninsulas located at both ends of the beach.
▼ 建筑结构，Building Structure
▼ 连接内部各空间的内廊，The perimeter porch connects the neighbors
▼ 横梁在与房间空间大小相差无几的私家庭院中投下交错的阴影，The courtyard is covered by a common beamed ceiling
The construction is entirely conceived in pinewood with glued joints managed without metal pieces exposed to the sea oxide. The beamed ceiling is developed in four separate rectangular structures, settled over the walls and a perimeter porch avoiding diagonal main beams. The rotated disposition of these four structural units leaves a skylight above the central kitchen. By shifting the openings of the exterior structure by half a module from the axis of this skylight, a diagonal view is generated from the kitchen’s center, fostering the perception of the exterior as a moving panorama.
▼ 公共空间，The common area
▼ 从客房看向庭院与外部壮丽的风景，View from the bedroom to the courtyard and the landscape
▼ 封闭式与开放式平面图，Plan with closed and opened doors
▼ 屋顶平面，Roof Plan / 屋顶结构，Roof structure
▼ 立面与剖面，Elevation and section
Architect: Cristián Izquierdo
Structure: Cristián Izquierdo
Structural consultancy: Osvaldo Peñaloza
Constructor: Danilo Saldibar
Project Date: January – June 2015
Construction Date: August 2015 – May 2016
Materials: – Laminated pine wood structure
– SIP walls of 116 mm. width
– Pine wood doors, interior and exterior claddings
Photos: Tomás Rodríguez.