Resting on a clifftop in the Casablanca Valley, this contemporary home design overlooks beautiful views of vineyards and hillsides. Situated in a well-known wine region in Chile, Alvano y Riquelme Architects designed the angular hilltop house for “leisure, social life and contemplation”.
The two creative minds behind Casa 14 are Renzo Alvano and Pablo Riquelme. The isolated one bedroom retreat spans over 120 square meters, providing a cosy getaway for each of the purposes it was designed to serve.
Thanks to its angular shape, elevated position and all around glass walls, the surrounding views can be enjoyed from every side of the building.
A seamless flow between indoor and outdoor spaces was of utter importance to the architects of Casa 14. In fact, they used the catchphrase “more terraces than interiors” while designing the home. Indeed, the transparent, glass-enclosed section of the home is almost the same size as its surrounding enclosures, terraces and pool area combined.
In addition to glass, the single-storey home is composed of steel, concrete and wood. Inside, wood cladded floors, walls and ceilings cater a natural look to the building.
Wood is also the material used for the coverings surrounding the glass-enclosed homes pathways as well as enclosures. Combined with rustic-looking wooden pillars, the structure provides shade in addition to catering a sense of shelter.
The back of the home features a swimming pool, which overlooks the serene views surrounding the premises. A wooden deck beside the pool makes space for sunbathing and relaxing. The other end of the home features a platform for the pure purpose of soaking in the view.
Back inside, the home’s open plan layout moves swiftly from a dining space to kitchen, extending into a living area. Next to the living area, a central wall, which includes a fireplace, provides privacy and sections off the bedroom from the social spaces.
Sliding glass doors open from the kitchen to the outside. Concrete pathways that surround the entire home lead to the aforementioned pool area as well as a spot for barbecuing.
While this home fully indulges in the indoor/outdoor connection that is integral to modern architecture, Casa 14 home stands as an autonomous architectural creation within the beautiful Chilean environment.