Casa Rambla by LAND Arquitectos
faces out over the Pacific Ocean

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Columns arranged in V formations support the overhanging roof of this idyllic seaside residence in Chile, which offers occupants panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean (+ slideshow).

Casa Rambla by LAND Arquitectos

Designed by Santiago firm LAND Arquitectos, Casa Rambla is a weekend home on the seafront in Zapallar – a town located around 100 miles north of Santiago – and it sits alongside a promenade linking the town with the local cemetery.

Casa Rambla by LAND Arquitectos

The brief called for a series of indoor and outdoor spaces that make the most of the scenic location, but also protect residents from strong coastal winds and severe sun exposure.

Casa Rambla by LAND Arquitectos

"The house was designed so that there is continuity and a direct connection between indoor and outdoor spaces, as well as protection from harsh local coastal climate," explained architect and studio co-founder Cristóbal Valenzuela Haeussler.

Casa Rambla by LAND Arquitectos



Forming a total of 11 V shapes, the diagonal columns support a roof that stretches across most of the site, sheltering two separate wings, a barbecue area and a veranda facing out over the ocean.

Casa Rambla by LAND Arquitectos

The largest of the two wings accommodates a living room, dining area and kitchen. Featuring glazed walls on all sides, the space can be either completely enclosed or opened up to the elements.

Casa Rambla by LAND Arquitectos

The second wing contains an en suite bedroom with a private balcony, while the open-air space between accommodates the barbecue. Here, the studio has extended the height of the roof and added a north-facing rooflight.

Casa Rambla by LAND Arquitectos

"The barbecue space ceiling opens up with a skylight to vent fumes and to capture the northern light into the interior spaces," said Valenzuela Haeussler, who leads LAND Arquitectos alongside co-director Ángela Delorenzo Arancibia.

Casa Rambla by LAND Arquitectos

The 123-square-metre property is raised off the ground on concrete beams, but pine was used for the diagonal columns that zigzag between the floor and ceiling. These echo the whitewashed wood that provides the floors and ceilings.

Casa Rambla by LAND Arquitectos

"All woods were treated with a white-coloured product for protection, showing the marine influences and increasing the contrast with the surrounding landscape," added Valenzuela Haeussler.

Casa Rambla by LAND Arquitectos

The sheltered veranda leads out to a large decked terrace at the front of the house, featuring a swimming pool and a long bench.

Casa Rambla by LAND Arquitectos

A gridded wall runs along the rear of the property, creating a visual boundary between the interior and the plant-covered bank behind.

Casa Rambla by LAND Arquitectos

Valenzuela Haeussler established Delorenzo Arancibia LAND Arquitectos in 2007. Other completed projects include a glazed spa surrounded by a herb garden.

Casa Rambla by LAND Arquitectos

Photography is by Sergio Pirrone.

Casa Rambla by LAND Arquitectos
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Casa Rambla by LAND Arquitectos
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Casa Rambla by LAND Arquitectos
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Casa Rambla by LAND Arquitectos
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Casa Rambla by LAND Arquitectos
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  • mitate

    Can just see them trying to dash across to the bedroom at night during “strong local winds” accompanied by squally rain. A glass-sided corridor will soon be added.