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Casa Pite by Smiljan Radic situated in Camino Zapallar, Papudo, Chile | The Hardt
Casa Pite by Smiljan Radic situated in Camino Zapallar, Papudo, Chile. To accommodate more flexibility to the period of use of the house, Smiljan; Proposes as design the almost total occupation of the land with 4,305 ft² (400 m²) of living spaces, understanding that different geographical situations would help characterize the interiors. A central ramp unifies the terrace parking with the domestic spaces. To the north are the public outdoor spaces, such as swimming pool and barbecue area and to the south the most frequented spaces of this house pavilion, such as the access gallery, living room, dining room, kitchen, main room, and bathrooms. At the south end of the pavilion and behind a retaining wall, are the guest room and service areas, which are accessed by an exterior corridor that skirts and dramatizes the cliff.
Casa Pite by Smiljan Radic, sited on a plot of 1.5 hectares in the town of Papudo, just under two hours from Santiago. The project conceals and deploys the program of 4,305 ft² (400 m²) throughout the site in the midst of uncomfortable nature, understanding that the diverse and clear situations of geography help to characterize each of its environments. This is how all the interior enclosures establish by their shape and position, a unique relationship with the sea: the central pavilion is suspended over the ocean, the carpentry of its windows, its pavements and the outstanding frontal position with respect to the elevation help that this interior be understood as a raft; the guest and service bedrooms were projected as caves on the hillside, safeguarding a certain distance with respect to the steep ravine that they skirt and, finally, the bedrooms of the children are dramatically by the sea, as close as possible to the line where the waves hit the rocks on stormy days.
Each of these sectors -composed symmetrically in themselves- are connected by 8,600 ft² (800 m²) of platforms and exterior ramps. From the beginning, the owners asked that the house not be visible from the road that passes at the high level of the site. For this reason, a platform where the sculptress Marcela Correa installed 11 basalt rocks were placed at the entrance, to watch over and bury the house definitively under this physical and temporal weight.
Casa Pite finished settling definitively in the field in two or three more years after the beginning of its construction when its raw concrete structure finished acquiring the black dyed color characteristic of the exposure to the saline air of the coast and the growth of the yellow grasslands in paving stones on the outdoor terraces.
Photos by Cristobal Palma/ Estudio Palma
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