Wall House by FAR frohn&rojas architects



Architectural photographer Cristobal Palma has sent us another set of photos from South America, this time of a project in Chile that is a mixture of cave, house and tent. Update: this project is included in Dezeen Book of Ideas, which is on sale now for £12.


Wall House, architects by FAR frohn&rojas, has four "delaminated" structural layers: a cave-like concrete core; an outer ring of shelving; a "soft skin" of polycarbonate panels and finally a fabric membrane.


More photos plus plans and drawings to come. Update: see more photos here, here and here plus if you'd like to build the Wall House, the architects have made the plans available for sale.


>> see more of Cristobal Palma's architectural photos in our previous posts: Plasma Studio "parasite in South Tyrol;
Indigo Hotel by architect Sebastián Irarrazaval
; Deck House by Assadi and Pulido


Below is a brief description from the architects:


WALL HOUSE, Santiago de Chile (2004-2007)
 Suburban residence

As opposed to the general notion that our living environments can be properly described and designed “in plan", this project is a design investigation into how the qualitative aspects of the wall, as a complex membrane, structure our social interactions and climatic relationships and enable specific ecologies to develop.


The project breaks down the “traditional" walls of a house into a series of four delaminated layers (concrete cave, stacked shelving, milky shell, soft skin) in between which the different spaces of the house slip. From the inside out the layers build upon one another, both materially and geometrically, blurring the boundary between the interior and the exterior and creating, through the specificity of the different materials used (many of which are not common in architectural applications), a series of qualitatively distinct environments.


The building's most standout feature, an energy screen typically used in greenhouse construction, constitutes the outermost layer, creating not only a diffused lighting and comfortably climatized zone inside but also, through its folding and sometimes reflective/sometimes-translucent surface, contributes to the diamond-cut appearance of the structure.


FAR frohn&rojas
 project team: Marc Frohn, Mario Rojas Toledo, Amy Thoner, Pablo Guzman, Isabel Zapata

Update 05/07/2007: more photos of this project in our latest post

Posted on Wednesday July 4th 2007 at 9:38 pm by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • It’s incredible how a tent from the outside is a complete house from the inside. Beautiful!

  • Jonathan

    Wow! That is lovely. Can I have your “Wall House”? Please?

  • C’est Raoul

    Doh! Why noone ever though of this before!

    Pretty clever!
    Translucent roof!

    What about wind?

  • Robert

    I would love to see phots when it has been lived in for a while, it looks so pure at the moment, will it last?

  • George O’Donovan

    Guys, the wall house looks great!!!
    how is the inside tempertaure regulated?
    does it get hot in summer? I know Santiago has extreme temperatures and gets very cold in winter and hot and dry in summer.

    how is the earthquake problem addressed structurally?

    would also like to see some plans if they are available.

  • Anna

    Would the wall house be able to withstand wet climates, for ex. lots of rain? With its greenhouse construction, from where do you get heat, or air (when it’s hot)? Is it easy to put up? what kind of foundation? My family have a constrution business, mainly framers and remodelers…what does this cost to put up? I’ve recently inquired about energy efficient homes and am looking forward to presenting info to my family on building such homes. Is there any information, brochures/pricelists, etc that you could send me? Anna Rios, 1400 Franklin Street, San Francisco, CA 94109; cell 415-240-8644. Thank you.

  • Beareo

    Wow! It’s wonderful one can see outside anywhere sit in greenhouse.

  • ruisseaux

    i need more detail of that project and the others projects of the architect

  • WOW nice

  • OJ

    Coolio! I want that house!

  • Peterbuild

    It looks to me like this house is very much inspired by "The Plastic Tent House" build in 1974 by the great John M. Johansen. The sections and the interiors look very similar, including the color scheme and some of the materials. The concept of a partially open house under tent-like sloped translucent walls is identical: http://www.johnmjohansen.com/John_M_Johansen/Plas