The house is conceived as an attempt to rationalise SIP as a construction material and achieve a maximum optimisation of its structural and dimensional qualities. The totality of the house was configured with two kinds of components: wall panels (122 x 244 x 11.4 mm) and split-level panels (122 x 488 x 21 mm). In just 10 days, 71 wall panels and 40 split-level panels were built with a negligible loss of material.
Through the configuration of spatial modules comprising of two wall panels and two split-level panels, inhabitable spaces measuring 6 square meters were built. These spaces are the result of multiplying these volumes along the length of their transversal axis according to standard surfaces of use. The house is comprised of the sum of these different spaces.
The spaces are grouped according to traditional programmatic similarities, and are united by a central circulation system with the principal rooms clustered toward the north, in the quest for an ocean view. The panels exposed on the exterior are fashioned as terraces on the second and third floors. The eastern façade of the house, close to a neighbour, is more closed-off, and the western façade opens up to the light and the view. The northern and southern faces of the house, as well as the terraces, are enveloped in a wooden skin.
Architects: Alejandro Soffia, Gabriel Rudolphy
Location: Santo Domingo, Chile
Client: Vicente Hidd
Budget: USD$966 per square metre
Constructed Area: 139 square metres
Project year: 2011