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Holiday Home

Amid Ocean, Sky, Sun And Wind

Pablo Saric | Cristian Winckler

The discreet refinement of this short-stay holiday home on the Pacific coast 270 km north of Santiago takes its design cue from the exceptional location directly in front of the ceaseless ocean swell. The architecture and its spatial distribution reflect the natural landscape, reaching out towards the overlapping horizons of ocean and sky. Lying low on the ground, the building echoes the flat landscape and sparse stubby vegetation typical of a dry, even desert, region. Opening out to the ocean as the ground slopes gradually down to the sea, the architectural project becomes an integral part of its wider universe, an expression of elementary, primordial - and highly expressive - simplicity.

Standing on a concrete base providing a level platform over the slightly uneven sandy terrain, the house has a clean orthogonal configuration. On one side, enclosed patios contrast with a...

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