* Residential Architecture: Casa Arco by Pezo von Ellrichshausen
Posted by the editors on Monday, 26 November 2012
Residential Architecture: Casa Arco by Pezo von Ellrichshausen: “..This earthquake-proof house on a hillside in western Chile by architects Pezo von Ellrichshausen has six rooms with glass walls..Mauricio Pezo and Sofia von Ellrichshausen were asked to design the house for a pair of artists whose former home had been destroyed during the major earthquake of 2010, so the architects decided to create a building with a strong structure that could withstand another disaster.. “For things to last, for them to withstand the weight of time, they must suffer. The question was to what extent this tension should be made visible,” they explain..They gave the building an exposed steel skeleton, which frames the glass rooms on the three upper floors as well as two ceramics workshops on the lower ground floor..These powder-coated black columns and beams create a chunky grid across each elevation, contrasting with the translucent white curtains that hang behind the glazing..“There is a feeling of serenity and tension in the whole building,” Pezo told Dezeen. “Despite its unstable degree of transparency, it is a monolithic and bold structure.”..“But there is something uncomfortable about the dimensions of the elements of that structure,” he added. “Considering the small volume of the house, [the structural members] seem too thick to be steel and too slender to be concrete. Perhaps this building is no more than a piece of infrastructure.”..The staircase splits the house across the middle and connects the living rooms on the upper ground floor with drawing studios on the first floor and the bedroom and bathroom on the second floor..Crossbeams either side of the staircase provide extra structural support and create the framework for built-in furniture..” Truly extensive glazing, natural light, views; contextual sensibility..
See our post on another residential project by Pezo von Ellrichshausen: Residential Architecture: Solo Houses by Pezo von Ellrichshausen Architects.
image: Cristobal Palma; article: Dezeen