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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

House on Lake Rupanco - Alejandro Beals, Christian Beals

The house is located on the edge of lake Rupanco, in the south of Chile. The 160 x 30 meters site has a 36 meters slope and south-facing views of the lake.


House-on-Lake-Rupanco, Beals, Architecture, Design, House, Interiors

House-on-Lake-Rupanco, Beals, Architecture, Design, House, Interiors


The house programme was meant to include a lounge and an office where books, photos and fishing tackle could be kept. The dining room, kitchen and terrace were to have visual continuity, participating at once together and separately in the one space.


House-on-Lake-Rupanco, Beals, Architecture, Design, House, Interiors

House-on-Lake-Rupanco, Beals, Architecture, Design, House, Interiors


On the upper floor, the bedrooms are arranged at the far ends of the volumes and connected by a wide corridor that converts this space into an extra area; this gallery extends outwards until it touches the high part of the terrain, making use of the natural slope and generating a secondary, independent entrance.


House-on-Lake-Rupanco, Beals, Architecture, Design, House, Interiors

House-on-Lake-Rupanco, Beals, Architecture, Design, House, Interiors


The outside of the house blends in with the surroundings by borrowing the shapes and textures of the buildings in the area. The structure is of pine, the facades of treated pine and the interior facings of untreated mañío and ulmu wood.


House-on-Lake-Rupanco, Beals, Architecture, Design, House, Interiors

House-on-Lake-Rupanco, Beals, Architecture, Design, House, Interiors


The exterior has been treated with a black sealer much used in rural buildings in the south of Chile to protect them from the persistent rain. In the course of time the facades will change color and the house will become established and gradually blend in with the other buildings in the area.


House-on-Lake-Rupanco, Beals, Architecture, Design, House, Interiors

House-on-Lake-Rupanco, Beals, Architecture, Design, House, Interiors


The house is organised in two parallel volumes in a woodland clearing, with each element orientated towards its optimum rapport with the landscape: in the upper part towards a wood of myrtle trees and autochthonous bushes; towards the front, the view between the tops of the trees and the lake; and towards the sides, the hermetic, impermeable planes, which from time to time are cut back to allow for the entrance of light.


House-on-Lake-Rupanco, Beals, Architecture, Design, House, Interiors

House-on-Lake-Rupanco, Beals, Architecture, Design, House, Interiors


Architects: Alejandro Beals, Christian Beals

Location: Lago Rupanco, Region de los Lagos, Chile

Design Year: 2004-2005

Construction Year: 2005-2006

Collaborator: Loreto Lyon

Structure: Patricio Stagno

Contractor: Nicolás Aranguiz, Mauricio Carrasco

Site Area: 5,000 sqm

Constructed Area: 280 sqm



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