This house is one of the works of Alejandro Aravena, within the team that forms the estudio Elemental and who have made him worthy to this architect of the Pritzker Prize in 2016, the highest distinction in the world of architecture.
The house is capable of being integrated into the harsh landscape of cliffs that it occupies, on the coast of Los Vilos, in the region of Coquimbo, in Chile. But at the same time, due to its straight lines, its volume and its construction material, it stands out powerfully in that landscape. It radiates the primitiveness of those places and the modernity of a 21st century work, in fact it was made in 2014.
Eight Creeks House
The construction itself is three different volumes. A vertical tower intended for bedrooms and bathrooms. And another horizontal platform that is the living space, of life. While between the two there is a somewhat inclined tower that is actually hollow, it is the source of light for an internal patio and also a fireplace for the fire that can be lit in that patio, which is glazed inside. In total there is a space of almost 300 square meters of living space.
That idea of fire inside the house is part of the idea of archaic and primitive architecture that the team of architects wanted to capture. And with the same spirit, that aspect of enormous monoliths is proposed, although dominated by right angles.
It also helps that the entire structureconstruction is based on concrete, seen and hardly treated, in fact in many parts the trace of the formwork is visible. And if now it already looks old, the idea of the architects is that the passage of time and the weather will age it even more, and these traces remain visible in its color and texture. Almost as if it were a stone and nature took its course in it.
It has some sculptural architecture and also scenery, since both its shape and its location are closely linked to the environment. There is like a rear part of the building in which there are no windows, and everything wants to look like gigantic rocks in the landscape. While the front part all opens up with views towards that part of the coast of the Pacific Ocean.
Eight Creeks House
In reality, the work is part of a more ambitious project called Ochoalcubo, considered a great architectural laboratory, where businessman Eduardo Godoy has commissioned 16 different house projects in a large area of land. 16 projects to as many architects, half Chilean and the other half of Japanese origin.