Casa del Peumo

Casa del Peumo

Tunquen, Algarrobo, Chile
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Private Houses
Felipe Fontecilla

Casa del Peumo

WHALE! as Architects

In the beginning, a wooden house like a river stone, soft, smooth, and dry. Then as binoculars, as a device, a prism at the edge of the ravine, capable of catalyzing the approach to the edge. From the street a deaf volume, mute, only disturbed by a penumbra, by a nameless black. Then the immensity of the interior landscape, the clarity of the east and the promise of new dawns. In the middle of everything, an immaculate Peumo tree, unique on the site, adored by all, like a legendary totem. Neither accident nor error, nor a success, remains uncomfortable and mannered fighting the north wind, wildlife, wood and paint.


The project responds to current needs of a second home, in this case with 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, and a living, dining and kitchen space, as well as a covered terrace joined to a patio. Everything develops along the tension of two similar volumes that barely touch each other, like two fishing boats that caress each other at dusk. The layout in plan follows to the concave inflection of the topography in relation to the landscape.The house is built in a system of traditional panels, anchored to a concrete plinth.

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