Coastal Home: Set on a steep sloping piece of land outside the town of Zapallar in Chile, this home designed by Gonzalo Mardones Architects is nestled into the Chilean coast line to make the most of the spectacular view without interrupting the coastal outlook seen from the public road behind the house.
Accessed by a series of stairs and ramps that have been cut into the mountain on which the house sits, entry into the home is on the middle level which also hosts the living, dining and kitchen areas. Sitting on a big x-axis, each level has been designed with terraces and large eaves and beams to protect against the western sun and the harsh coastal winds that blow along the coastline.
The white colour of the building has been achieved by using a mix of white stones and reinforced concrete which has had titanium dioxide added to it in order to effectively bleach the natural grey concrete colour while also working to help eliminate the toxic fumes from passing vehicles using the public road behind the house.
PHOTOGRAPHY: Nico Saieh