Omnibus House by
Gubbins Arquitectos

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Chilean architect Pedro Gubbins designed this concrete residence as a rural retreat for himself and his family and has balanced it on top of a dry-stone wall (+ slideshow).

Omnibus House by Gubbins Arquitectos

Named Omnibus House, the long and narrow residence is constructed on the side of a hill and the wall beneath it functions as a retainer against the sloping landscape.

Omnibus House by Gubbins Arquitectos

Gubbins wanted the house to be visually linked to the outdoor spaces of its woodland location, so he designed the concrete volume with lengths of glazing stretching across its longest facades, allowing views right through the building.

Omnibus House by Gubbins Arquitectos

"All the issues with privacy are solved because of the slope of the location," said Jose Quintana Cabezas, an architect at Gubbins Arquitectos. "There are neighbours, but they are far away enough to not to have visual contact, plus all the tree trunks help."

Omnibus House by Gubbins Arquitectos

One of the most prominent features of the house is a concrete staircase that cuts through its centre, connecting the rooms on the main floor with an entrance on the storey below and a terrace on the rooftop.

Omnibus House by Gubbins Arquitectos

Corridors run along both sides of the building, while rooms are arranged in sequence between. Glazed partitions divide the living and dining rooms, either side of the staircase, while wooden boards separate the bedrooms at the western end.

Omnibus House by Gubbins Arquitectos

The concrete walls are exposed inside the building, plus polished concrete floors run through each room.

Omnibus House by Gubbins Arquitectos

Santiago studio Gubbins Arquitectos also recently completed a hillside house with walls of timber and concrete.

Omnibus House by Gubbins Arquitectos

Other recent projects in Chile include an earthquake-proof house and a hotel for stargazers. See more architecture in Chile.

Omnibus House by Gubbins Arquitectos

Here's some more information from Gubbins Arquitectos:


Omnibus House

Life and leisure space

To break the typical areas of an urban house; kitchen, living–dining room and dormitories, this house has a double circulation that deconstructs these areas into a set of complimentary places.

Omnibus House by Gubbins Arquitectos

This creates a way of inhabiting that moves away from a typical urban arrangement into a more playful one.

Omnibus House by Gubbins Arquitectos

To inhabit the exterior from within

To inhabit the exterior of a holiday house does not only imply the direct interaction with the outside of the house, but also the interaction through the house.

Omnibus House by Gubbins Arquitectos

This has been achieved through its own structure and arrangement, allowing the possibility of re-discovering new views from the terrace-roof; from the back terrace through the living room, from the corridor or galleria by the main façade or sheltered along the houses stone base.

Omnibus House by Gubbins Arquitectos

A sustainable architecture

The north orientation of the houses main façade (23.5 metres width by 3.1 metres height) offers the possibility of becoming a large solar collector that at night time re-emits the accumulated thermal energy gathered during the day, by its walls, concrete slabs and roof.

Omnibus House by Gubbins Arquitectos

Materiality and construction

The use of concrete as the main material, gives a sense of mass that is necessary for relating to the context.

Omnibus House by Gubbins Arquitectos

Its colour complements the surrounding trees and allowed the used of a large span for the roofing and the use of different textures produced by the rough sawn timber formwork sold by a local retailer.

Omnibus House by Gubbins Arquitectos

Above: ground floor plan - click for larger image

Omnibus House by Gubbins Arquitectos

Above: first floor plan - click for larger image

Omnibus House by Gubbins Arquitectos

Above: roof plan - click for larger image

Omnibus House by Gubbins Arquitectos

Above: east elevation - click for larger image

Omnibus House by Gubbins Arquitectos

Above: west elevation - click for larger image

Omnibus House by Gubbins Arquitectos

Above: north elevation - click for larger image

Omnibus House by Gubbins Arquitectos

Above: south elevation - click for larger image

  • racosin

    That looks like a concrete wall with dry stone facing. Anyway, I think it’s cool!

  • Colonel Pancake

    A great living environment, but that raised living room platform is a bit curious.

  • http://www.zazous.co.uk Kate Austin

    I want to live there!

  • Concerned Citizen

    The kids’ bedrooms were adapted straight from the famous Chilean jails. Disappointing in a house that is otherwise very attractive.

  • http://anziulewicz.livejournal.com Chuck Anziulewicz

    It’s absolutely perfect as far as I’m concerned. I envy whoever lives there.

  • http://www.livingsweetliving.dk Monica Weidemann

    I love how the different materials interacts! The contradictions are a perfect match!