A vacation house with a playful design | Matías Silva Aldunate
Cabaña Bascuñan appears pretty straightforward when viewed from a distance. The small house has a simple shed-like shape with a roof that extends out to shelter the porch. But get closer and playful twists become apparent. The gable end windows appear symmetrical at first, yet they don’t align with the peak of the roof. The roof has the usual overhang on one side but on the other side it folds down to form the wall. One window is recessed slightly; another pops out from the wall. These and other unexpected elements enrich the experience of visiting the house.
Architect Matías Silva Aldunate designed Cabaña Bascuñan to house the clients’ children and grandchildren when vacationing at their farm in Chile. The 110 m2 (1,184 ft2) house has two bedrooms down plus an open loft space up that provides enough room for several of the children to sleep.
The house has a compact floor plan with very little dedicated circulation space. The two bedrooms are on one side, separated from the living areas by the staircase and bathroom. The home has a very cabin-like feel with wood used on all the interior surfaces and a wood stove providing heat. Much of the furniture is also built from wood, including the built-in bench seating of the eat-in kitchen. The living room has a double-height ceiling open to the loft above. The loft is quite large and if desired part of it could be enclosed for a third bedroom while still leaving a decent-sized open area.
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