Located on a cliff edge where the land meets the sea in Coquimbo, a port city in Chile, is a unique holiday home designed by Elemental Architects, titled ‘Casa en Los Vilos’.
The radically-designed residence is comprised of three intersecting concrete volumes that function as different living spaces. The horizontal volume hosts the living and dining area, featuring floor-to-ceiling glass windows with panoramic views of the ocean; the vertical upright volume accommodates four bedrooms and bathrooms, and a third angular volume leans against the vertical one, acting as a chimney for when fires are lit inside. The facade of the house reflects the weather-beaten landscape that surrounds it: the grey timber panelling was left to age like the rocky nature of the cliff-edge that it stands on. According to lead architect Alejandro Aravena, the design of the house was conceived as “pure and primitive”. The home is part of the Ochoalcubo project—a series of ground-breaking architectural residences designed by leading Chilean and Japanese practices.