| 23 : 40 – 14 April 2018 |
The Rode house by Architects Pezo Von Ellrichshausen perched atop an evergreen pasture in Chonchi, Chile is an abode of geometric shapes.
Made entirely from local timber and clad in wooden shingles, the construction details took inspiration from the traditional art of local carpentry. The geometry of the Rode House seems to follow specifics of the contoured site. Expansive spaces, high ceiling and large oversized rectangular windows designed by Architects Pezo Von Ellrichshausen, the Rode house has a striking presence. The semicircular structured house fits onto the flat surface and has considerations for enough sunlight and, of course, the beautiful views of the sea.
View of the timber house
Site location plan
From the Architects –
Sitting atop a pleasant and continuous evergreen meadow, overlooking the inner sea of Chiloe Island, this is both a half and a double house. Half, because it is the interrupted encounter between a cone and a cylinder. Double, because the subtraction of a rectangular form at the base of the previous figures generates a pair of equivalent rooms at the extremes of a linear sequence, one facing the direct yellow sun and the other the indirect and blue one.
Axonometric view from ground base
Rhode House amongst the meadows
Rhode House – Floor plans
Partially paved court
There is a large space contained by these parallel rooms; a partially paved court that is protected from the rain in two covered corners and from the strong winds on three sides. These sides are conceived as functional widths, as emptied thick walls containing all the domestic facilities. The presence of the whole curved case is rather asymmetrical: from one side it stands as a massive and hermetic fortified refuge, from the other it appears as a large pitched roof almost without supporting walls.
Dining space in Rhode house
Building material of Rode house –
The entire construction is made out of local timber. The structure is defined by the polar array of forty-five rigid frames. While walls and ceilings are clad with boards, a traditional thin wooden shingle covers the conic roof.
Ceiling cutout let in natural sunlight
A representational model
Knowing that the island is not only well known for the exuberant myths and legends but for a refined artisanal carpentry knowledge expressed both in churches and boats, accepting that something of that local knowledge would inform our project, we preferred to had in mind that delicate artlessness of a totally forgotten wooden padlock.
Rhode House captured at dawn
Interior view by the Architects
Sketch of the covered patio
Space around fireplace
Project details :-
Project Name – Rode House
Location – Chonchi, Chiloe Archipelago, X Region, Chile
Architect Firm – Pezo Von Ellrichshausen | www.pezo.cl
Design team – Mauricio Pezo, Sofia Von Ellrichshausen
Collaborators – Diego Perez, Findlay Barge, Caitlyn Flowers, Victoria Bodevin
Completion Year – 2017
Area – Plot area – 48.50 sq.m. | Built up – 200 m2
Photography Credits – © Pezo von Ellrichshausen
Consultants – Marcelo Valenzuela, Daniel Garrido
Builder – Ricardo Ballesta
Structure – Luis Mendieta