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Friday, October 30, 2009

Countryside House - Benjamin Murua & Constanza Infante

The expansion and renovation project of the countryside house is located on the road to Cuesta Lo Prado, on Curacavi city (Metropolitan Region).


Casa en el campo - Benjamín Murúa + Constanza Infante

Casa en el campo - Benjamín Murúa + Constanza Infante

The building sits on a plain between the hills and the valley on a widely open space overlooking the hills on the east and the valley on the west.


Casa en el campo - Benjamín Murúa + Constanza Infante

Casa en el campo - Benjamín Murúa + Constanza Infante

Casa en el campo - Benjamín Murúa + Constanza Infante
Requirement was to expand the house adding 3 bedrooms and a sala but keeping the existing geometry intact.
The objective of the project was to reuse and emphazise some elements of the Chilean houses of the early 20th century present in the pre-existing building like patios, galleries and open corridors.

Casa en el campo - Benjamín Murúa + Constanza Infante

Casa en el campo - Benjamín Murúa + Constanza Infante

The house had an “L” shape layout housing a sequence of bedrooms with a gallery on the east side and a open corridor on the west.


Casa en el campo - Benjamín Murúa + Constanza Infante

This 2 circulations were used and extended to the north so as to integrate all with a second “L”where the new bedrooms and sala were included, connecting the old part with the new one with a threshold.

Casa en el campo - Benjamín Murúa + Constanza Infante

Casa en el campo - Benjamín Murúa + Constanza Infante

With this operation, the gallery took the place of the core circulation connecting all the areas but also as place to stay because of its width and orientation to the morning sun and the hills. .

Casa en el campo - Benjamín Murúa + Constanza Infante

Casa en el campo - Benjamín Murúa + Constanza Infante

On the other side, the corridor was extended to the garden overlooking the valley and protected from the heat during summer days. The bedrooms and the sala surround a patio that being enclosed becomes an inner court as an extension of the sala.

Casa en el campo - Benjamín Murúa + Constanza Infante

Casa en el campo - Benjamín Murúa + Constanza Infante

Once the gates that contain the space are opened, the garden blends with the geography of the hill, bringing it into the project.
The configuration of the house allowed working with open corridors, galleries and patios and to give it a fresh look contemporary materials were used like glass, steel, wood and concrete.
The sofits disappeared and special constructive details were used on the joints between the windows and the roof taking advantage of the lightness of the materials.

Casa en el campo - Benjamín Murúa + Constanza Infante

Casa en el campo - Benjamín Murúa + Constanza Infante

Casa en el campo - Benjamín Murúa + Constanza Infante
Architects: Benjamín Murúa A. – Constanza Infante S.
Collaborator: Paula Phillips
Locaction: Lo Prado, Curacaví, Chile
Estructural Engineer: Luis Ignacio Correa P.
Construction company: Carlos Torres U.
Site Area: 3985 sqm
Constructed Area: 415 sqm
Project Year: 2006
Construction Year: 2007-2008
Photography: Cristóbal Palma

Casa en el campo - Benjamín Murúa + Constanza Infante

Casa en el campo - Benjamín Murúa + Constanza Infante

Casa en el campo - Benjamín Murúa + Constanza Infante

Casa en el campo - Benjamín Murúa + Constanza Infante

Casa en el campo - Benjamín Murúa + Constanza Infante

Casa en el campo - Benjamín Murúa + Constanza Infante

Casa en el campo - Benjamín Murúa + Constanza Infante

Casa en el campo - Benjamín Murúa + Constanza Infante

Casa en el campo - Benjamín Murúa + Constanza Infante

Casa en el campo - Benjamín Murúa + Constanza Infante

Casa en el campo - Benjamín Murúa + Constanza Infante

Casa en el campo - Benjamín Murúa + Constanza Infante


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