The Rodríguez-Harvey House is located in Tunquén, a coastal area in the central region of Chile, in a 5000 m2 site overlooking the sea. Designed by Loi Arquitectos, this house completely in pine wood with a dark exterior varnish. The access of the site is located in the lower part, so you enter with your back to the sea. The area is a semi-dry region, with native trees and a strong and cold wind from the south-east. The orientation of the site is south, so the main views towards the landscape are to the south. The sunlight comes from the north, the upper part of the site, opposite to the main views of the site.
This scheme also solves the client, integrated living-dining-kitchen space, an exterior terrace protected from the wind, a main bedroom and a second one separated for acoustic and privacy needs. This configuration of the main three volumes generates three intermediate semi-interior-exterior spaces: terrace, access and separation space between the two bedrooms. The terrace is protected from the wind by wooden blinds, by a big laminated glass, and by an existing tree. The protection against the strong summer sun is achieved by inclined beams that only allow winter sunrays to pass. The living area volume has a complete double height in order to get the sun light, and also protects laterally the terrace from the south-east wind. The gests bedroom takes advantage of its greater height by placing a small attic containing a bed for the children. – Photos Marcos Mendizabal