Rode house | Pezo Von Ellrichshausen

| 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.

Timber house in a green landscape

View of the timber house


Site plan

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.

Sketch of semicircular house

Axonometric view from ground base


A timber house with sloping roof

Rhode House amongst the meadows


Rhode House – Floor plans


Wooden column supporting curved roof, Rode House, Patio, Chile

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.Wooden curved roof of a house, Dining room, Rode House

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.

Interiors of a wooden house, Rode house, Architecture, Chile

Ceiling cutout let in natural sunlight


Model of circular house, Rode House, Model making

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.

Night view and photography of Rhode house, Photography

Rhode House captured at dawn


View of covered patio, Rode house, Wooden shingles roof

Large windows 


Interior sketch of a house

Interior view by the Architects


Black and white sketch of courtyard house

Sketch of the covered patio


Rode House, Dining room decor, Interior design, Chile

Space around fireplace

Project details :-


Project Name – Rode House

Location – Chonchi, Chiloe Archipelago, X Region, Chile

Architect Firm – Pezo Von Ellrichshausen |

Design team – Mauricio Pezo, Sofia Von Ellrichshausen

Collaborators – Diego Perez, Findlay Barge, Caitlyn Flowers, Victoria Bodevin

Project type –  Residential, Single family house

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

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