Mas y Fernandez Arquitectos maintain the first floor and common areas of the house, adding a second floor for bedrooms and bathrooms.
The original floor of the house is organized around a courtyard, which allowed the generation of the stair there, lit naturally. The second floor is divided into two volumes contemporaries, which bind through this again empty.
The resulting space between the volume manages to generate two private terraces, one for the master bath and one for the bedroom of the eldest son. The inverted truss system of the original house these new volumes allowed to stay on them, taking advantage of this space between slabs to be laid for new installations.
The material chosen for this work is on metal structure and aerated concrete. Plastered and painted white on the inside perimeters and metal partitions covered in plasterboard.
The side walls on the second floor have a coating of treated wood, which seeks to resemble the blinds first floor, and make this intervention a dialogue between old and new.
Thus achieved a very bright house with spectacular views of its surroundings. Mixing colors is achieved by very simple and ideal contrast of light and shadow.
Location: Martinica 5970, Santiago, Chile
Architects: Mas y Fernandez Arquitectos / Andres Mas E., J. Cristóbal Fernandez Ch. Arquitecto Project Team: Nicolas Cabargas, Paola Egoaguirre
Contractor: Raimundo Correa
Structural Engineers: Benjamin Estay G.
Landscape: Carolina Vergara
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Marcos Mendizabal