Casa en el Campo by Benjamín Murúa and Constanza Infante S



Here are some photographs taken by Cristobal Palma of Casa en el Campo, the renovation of a house near Cuesta Lo Prado, Chile, by architects Benjamín Murúa and Constanza Infante S.


The architects aimed to emphasize typical features of early twentieth century Chilean houses, including the existing open corridor and gallery.


The renovation involved adding an L-shaped extension composed of three new bedrooms and a living room.


The following information is from Murúa:


The expansion and renovation project of the countryside house is located on the road to Cuesta Lo Prado, on Curacavi city (Metropolitan Region).


The building sits on a plain between the hills and the valley on a widely open space overlooking the hills on the east and the valley on the west. Requirement was to expand the house adding 3 bedrooms and a sala but keeping the existing geometry intact.


The objective of the project was to reuse and emphazise some elements of the Chilean houses of the early 20th century present in the pre-existing building like patios, galleries and open corridors.


The house had an “L” shape layout housing a sequence of bedrooms with a gallery on the east side and a open corridor on the west. This 2 circulations were used and extended to the north so as to integrate all with a second “L”where the new bedrooms and sala were included, connecting the old part with the new one with a threshold.


With this operation, the gallery took the place of the core circulation connecting all the areas but also as place to stay because of its width and orientation to the morning sun and the hills. On the other side, the corridor was extended to the garden overlooking the valley and protected from the heat during summer days. The bedrooms and the sala surround a patio that being enclosed becomes an inner court as an extension of the sala.


Once the gates that contain the space are opened, the garden blends with the geography of the hill, bringing it into the project.


The configuration of the house allowed working with open corridors, galleries and patios and to give it a fresh look contemporary materials were used like glass, steel, wood and concrete.


The sofits disappeared and special constructive details were used on the joints between the windows and the roof taking advantage of the lightness of the materials.


Architects: Benjamín Murúa A - Constanza Infante S.
Locaction: Lo Prado, Curacaví, RM.
Estructural Engineer: Luis Ignacio Correa P.
Construction company: Carlos Torres U.
Plot Surface: 3985 m2
Built Surface 415 m2
Project Year: 2006
Construction Year: 2007-2008.
Photography: Cristóbal Palma






Posted on Thursday May 15th 2008 at 10:50 pm by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • rodger

    right on, brother.

  • edward

    I feel sure the client got what he wanted and his money’s worth, but nothing I saw thrilled me. Nothing to provide a little emoción

  • rodger

    it is thrilling to see such deft handling of an architype. the thrill lies in the handling of the abstraction, the minimal details and the level of craftsmanship.. they all come together beautifully here, for the most part.

  • axel

    muy confusa, como que trató de hacer todo lo que se diría arquitectura de buen gusto desesperadamente y en una misma obra.
    No emociona en ningún momento ni siquiera en el uso del material.

  • edward


  • Arch


  • C’est tres elegant.

  • b+b

    Eastern type

  • I like the second level room with the fantastic +180 degrees glazing for a fantastic lookout. But the building seems a little boring.. nothing really fantastic.

  • This house is clearly gentle, well-thought and effective, which is no other than fantastic. If this bores you, you might have to walk up a hill and forget about the internet and its fancy shapes for a while.

  • bill

    Those black aluminum windows is where every thing goes to the trash can

  • haros

    would love to see drawings of old and new
    it IS really fantastic!

  • tristan

    I think the house show us a great mix between the old and the new, in a simple and effective way, greetings

  • renee

    why are you people so critical! this is everything a house should be. try living in an African country with such a inferiority complex that it thinks copying tuscan or balinese is all that and a bag of chips. i think this house is beautiful, perfectly simple and elegant. fantastic rural house.

  • Alejandra

    Love the detail of the windows in the gallery and the courtyard, its very elegant.

  • Michael

    Elegant, restrained, crisp but with character. It’s not sensational, wild, extrovert, out of this world, or boring. Very worthwhile.

  • Jane

    I would love to have this on our West Texas ranch. The thoughtful use of “old” materials such as the wooden slats on the porch ceiling, the strips of stone aggregate laid diagonally across the concrete floor, the broad and generous front steps, all combine beautifully with the crisp lines of the modern.

  • joris

    haha jerre er mot op!

  • edward

    West Texas…raaght. With all those expanses of glass, a sauna.

  • Beautiful!

    I am from India and such houses are a rarity over here.

    Some day, I am going to have one like this.

  • me likey