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Casa Mirador // Matías Zegers Arquitectos

Casablanca, Chile

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At first glance, the pavilion displays anambiguous form of vernacular construction and a deliberate modern building.Settled in Casablanca Valley sitting on top ofa hill, surrounded by vineyards and crowned by an old twistedmesquite tree, the building adopts the solemnity of an ancient settlement.Two massive raw volumes are set apart by an equivalent vacant volume.

Photo: Cristobal Palma - © Cristobal Palma / Estudio Palma

Photo: Cristobal Palma - © Cristobal Palma / Estudio Palma

Photo: Cristobal Palma - © Cristobal Palma / Estudio Palma

Photo: Cristobal Palma - © Cristobal Palma / Estudio Palma

Theroof, a monolithic pyramidal shape, is carefully placed on top of thelayered concrete walls, connecting both massive bodies.The largeterrace where the old mesquite tree stands is exposed to the vast and limitlessviews to the valley. An ellipse of stones and flowers delimit thenear landscape where three concrete platforms emerges geometrically.The rooms are organized in a sequence of  contrasting spaces, each oneoffering different experiences and qualities of light.

Photo: Cristobal Palma - © Cristobal Palma / Estudio Palma

Photo: Cristobal Palma - © Cristobal Palma / Estudio Palma

Photo: Cristobal Palma - © Cristobal Palma / Estudio Palma

Photo: Cristobal Palma - © Cristobal Palma / Estudio Palma

The narrowentry patio, shaded by the tall walls, frames dramatic views to the sky. Movedby a soft wind, a light veil of water shimmers over a blackconcrete block .The living space is subtlyilluminated and intimate. A wide panoramic window frames the view to thevineyards.Two wooden doors lead to the light flooded winetasting room.

Photo: Cristobal Palma - © Cristobal Palma / Estudio Palma

Photo: Cristobal Palma - © Cristobal Palma / Estudio Palma

Photo: Cristobal Palma - © Cristobal Palma / Estudio Palma

Photo: Cristobal Palma - © Cristobal Palma / Estudio Palma

A 6m cypress slab lies in front of floor to ceilingglazing which fuses the edge between in and out. The glass exposes the oldcontorted mesquite tree, like a relic in a museum display.Perhaps the most expressiveelement is the sharp edged concrete slab which makes the roof seems like aweightless plate.The last room to the east isthe quincho, a walled patio with an olive tree in the center.A notch in the corner exposes the landscape and the distant city beyond themassive walls    To the south, thekitchen, a space the same size of the dining room has been pushed into the hillwith a singular view to the vines below. Theconcrete was made on site in small quantities, only enough to pour thefootprint of each volume incrementally.

Photo: Cristobal Palma - © Cristobal Palma / Estudio Palma

Photo: Cristobal Palma - © Cristobal Palma / Estudio Palma

Photo: Cristobal Palma - © Cristobal Palma / Estudio Palma

Photo: Cristobal Palma - © Cristobal Palma / Estudio Palma

When completed, the wallsreveal the impact of the different weather conditions through out theconstruction process. The result is a layered, with light variations incolor and texture, derived from a hand crafted process..

Photo: Cristobal Palma - © Cristobal Palma / Estudio Palma

Photo: Cristobal Palma - © Cristobal Palma / Estudio Palma

Photo: Cristobal Palma - © Cristobal Palma / Estudio Palma

Photo: Cristobal Palma - © Cristobal Palma / Estudio Palma

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