Cantilevers and setbacks define the elevations of this vacation housing complex, designed by Chilean studio Mobil Arquitectos for a gently sloping site in a coastal village.
The project, called 12 Cachagua, is located in the mountainous Valparaíso region, about 180 kilometres northwest of the capital Santiago. Situated in the centre of a beach town, the 2,470-square-metre development encompasses a trio of structures that are embedded in a shallow hillside.
"To fit with the scale of the context, the building develops towards the slope, with the least possible impact on the street level," said Mobil Arquitectos, a firm based in the commune of Las Condes, just outside of Santiago.
Rather than creating simple boxes, the team devised elevations that step forward and back. On the street-facing side of the complex, the bottom and top levels are recessed, while the second floor pushes outward.
"A street-level habitable plinth raises the second volume, which becomes a cantilever over the street," the studio described. "On top of the second volume, rooftops are setback to disappear from the facade."
Exterior walls are wrapped in finger-joint pine and large stretches of glass, offering generous views of the mountains and sea. The same blonde wood was used indoors in order to create a "warm and relaxed atmosphere".
The complex contains 12 townhomes, each rectangular in plan. In the centre of each building is a landscaped courtyard with a stairwell. The project also features a shared swimming pool and two dozen parking spots. Every unit has been sold, according to the team.
Other projects in Chile's Valparaíso region include a blackened pine cabin by architect Gonzalo Iturriaga that provides refuge for a mountaineer, and a low-cost seaside complex by architects Alejandro Soffia and Gabriel Rudolphy.
Photography is by Nico Saieh.
Architect: Mobil Arquitectos
Architect in charge: Patricio Browne
Collaborator architects: Sylvain Eymard-Duvernay, Pablo Moreira
Manufacturers: Lamitec Maderas Laminadas
Structural engineering: Jorge Gonzalez Narbona, RG Ingenieros
Construction: Gian Piero Chiappini Sanguineti, Terratec
Landscape: Carolina Vergara