Chilean architecture firm Umwelt has constructed a wood house and a black cabin for a young family, on a property overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The residence features two buildings, BL1 and BL2, let’s take a closer look the houses.
It is not a second home for resting or escaping during the weekends but the possibility of transforming their metropolitan lifestyle to a more informal and rural one, with a direct and constant contact with the natural environment.
The main residence, BL1, measures 1,399 square feet (130 square meters) and comprises a two-storey addition to an existing bungalow – forming an L-shaped plan and creating a triangular outdoor patio in between. The older east-west wing blocks the south wind to shelter the terrace, while a pergola shades it from the sun. BL1 features a flat roof and is clad in wood. A ladder leads to a portion of the rooftop, designed as a lookout point for watching the surf, complete with a rack for hanging wetsuits and flippers. A detached two-car garage and wood deck complete the project. Upon entering is an open-plan kitchen, dining and living room, with a double-height ceiling and sliding glass doors that meet the terrace. Upstairs, a sitting nook overlooks the main living area.
BL2 is designed for guests or renters. Measuring 344 square feet (32 square meters), the cabin features large expanses of glass, with a small kitchen, lounge and bathroom on the ground floor. A lofted sleeping area overlooks the main level, with more room for surfboards storage. Posts extend out from the structure to create an overhang for its deck. The two residences bear similarities through their exterior architectural language. Inside, both also share white and bright spaces, with pale and white-painted wood surfaces throughout.