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Panorama in Azul: The Coastal Residences of Chile

Sophia Choi Sophia Choi

Chilean architecture is having a moment. Since the end of the country’s dictatorship in 1990, there has been a rise in the number of architecture schools as a result of a new economic system that permits private universities. This has been partnered with an evolution in the approach of Chilean architects, from remote coastal areas to the dense domains of cities.

In a country defined by contrasting landscapes from wild to urban, Chilean architects have developed a capacity to work under a variety of conditions, adapting to the unique topographies and cultural contexts of different regions. This is especially true for residential architecture, where architects continue to deliver elegant designs that work with the most unusual geological conditions.

The following seven projects on the jagged edges of Chile’s coastline showcase the Chilean architectural language — one that can’t be truly defined, but exudes an indomitable spirit.

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© Gubbins Arquitectos

© Gubbins Arquitectos

© Gubbins Arquitectos

© Gubbins Arquitectos

© Gubbins Arquitectos

The Mirador House by Gubbins Arquitectos, Tunquen, Chile

Inspired by the Villa Savoye by Le Corbusier, the orthogonal volumes and raw materiality are juxtaposed with the jagged bluffs and the ocean view, allowing this home to stand out while blending in.

© OF Arquitectos

© OF Arquitectos

© OF Arquitectos

© OF Arquitectos

© OF Arquitectos

© OF Arquitectos

Casa Ensignia Gerber by OF Arquitectos, Algarrobo, Chile

The dark hued shingles and the low height of Casa Ensignia Gerber allows it to nestle into the low brush landscape.

© DX Arquitectos

© DX Arquitectos

© DX Arquitectos

© DX Arquitectos

© DX Arquitectos

© DX Arquitectos

Rabanua House by DX Arquitectos, Coquimbo Region, Chile

Massive gray volumes are connected by a glass corridor, giving the Rabanua House a dystopian look with stunning views of the ocean.

D House by Panorama Arquitectos, Graneros, Chile

The thoughtful arrangement of spaces gives the D House an array of views of the landscape that is also strategic to the climatic conditions of the coast.

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© L A N D

© L A N D

© L A N D

© L A N D

© L A N D

Plint House by L A N D, Pichilemu, Chile

The use of screens and the light timber and stone gives the Plint House a beach house feel appropriate to its surrounding landscape.

© Cazu Zegers Arquitectura

© Cazu Zegers Arquitectura

© Cazu Zegers Arquitectura

© Cazu Zegers Arquitectura

© Cazu Zegers Arquitectura

© Cazu Zegers Arquitectura

Casa Do by Cazu Zegers Arquitectura, Canela, Chile

A rectangular volume is inscribed in a circle to “protect” this home from the vastness of the ocean, while small moments of openings frame views of the coast from the inside.

© Nico Saieh

© Nico Saieh

© Nico Saieh

© Nico Saieh

Tunquen House by Masfernandez Arquitectos, Algarrobo, Chile

A grid of pillars support modulating beams that embrace the house and give way to exterior moments with spectacular views.

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TANAKA CLINIC // Akiyoshi Takagi and Associates

Hamamatsu, Japan

How to Travel Like an Architect in … Los Angeles

In this ongoing series, we aim to give you a travel guide to cities around the globe — with an architectural twist. These tours offer chances to experience great design away from the traditional tourist hotspots and an alternative angle on the world’s metropolises. After our opening guide to New York City, we explore another…

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