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Does This Seaside House Resolve the Site’s Challenges?

The Rodriguez Hardy House by Niccolas Roi looks warm and inviting at dusk. But it faces some challenges with light and warmth, due to the site.

Located on the bracing sea coast of Chile, in a spot with a strong cold South-East wind, this family vacation home is tucked into a rocky outcropping above a beach with ocean views in the opposite direction from the sun, across the ocean.

This has made for some adjustments in design, since the ocean views are not towards the sun, but away from it, towards the South West. The sunlight must be able to come into the back of the house, from the North. (Chile, in the Southern Hemisphere, gets sun from the North)


You enter the house from the beach side, facing away from the ocean view.

The entire house, both inside and out, is pine. On the outside, it is stained dark, echoing the mournful and bracing quality of the site.

Wide beams on the terrace outside the living room slow the cold South Easterly wind.

Inside, the pine is left its natural color, so it is warm and inviting inside.

The high clerestory windows bring a little sunshine to the living room.


Facing the ocean, next to the living room, are the master bedroom and the childrens bedroom.

A sweet solution.

Via Plataforma Arquitectura

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