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Mirador House Punta De Gallo by Rodrigo Santa María

By Holly von Huene


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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.

Mirador House Punta De Gallo by Rodrigo Santa María:

“La Casa Mirador Punta de Gallo, is situated on a rocky summit with a panoramic view of the area 70 meters above the sea level. From here you have a 360 degree view: to the north Quintay Bay, to the south Tunquén, to the west the beach town of Algarrobo and to the eat pine forests.

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.

We designed a terrace the stretches out towards the sea and protected from the southern winds that constantly blow in central coast by means of vertical blinds that also protect privacy with a neutral volume effect. The western and northern facades are transparent for a clear view and with eaves for sun protection.

The construction is made with simple materials and technology. The structure is mixed with wooden pillars on concrete benches and some additional wooden structures. All of the interior is coated with brushed pine and the exteriors is coated with un-brushed pine.”

Photos by: Daniel Corvillón

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About Holly von Huene

Holly is a freelance writer living in Toronto. She has written for HomeDSGN for more than 3 years and contributed architecture, interior design and lifestyle content for a number of other publications, including DesignBoom, Apartment Therapy and ArchDaily. Learn more about HomeDSGN's Editorial Process.

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