Irma Cabez Hut by Diego Mendoza Valenzuela

Situated in Paine, Chile, the Irma Cabez Hut House is designed by Diego Mendoza Valenzuela, having a 60m2 area. The purpose was to design a nursing home for elderly woman who wants to live alone in the middle of the nature. This determined the simplicity of the project, which was the result of a reductionist process which sought to bring the domestic habits of the user to a minimum so as to require a permanent relationship with the landscape.

The house consists of a bedroom suite, a living area with kitchenette and a terrace. The proportions of the compounds were studied in a way that favored the amplitude of the bedroom above the living area because of the lifestyle that the owner described. The volume of the project appeals to the rustic simplicity of a coating unit that covers the entire outer surface providing a quality home that supports robust dramatically on the ground. The main entrance is seen as a mass abduction, leaving the overall volume that defines a central void, both in plan and elevation, the boundary between public and private housing.

Within the requirements of the client there was a conflict that affected the original design. On one hand, it was necessary to resolve a plant in a single level (no stairs) and ideally at ground level to prevent an elderly person to be injured going up and down on the stairs. Moreover, it was necessary to raise the house of the land due to the humidity produced by a swamp created by a near a canal. For these two reasons, the house offers two ways of access. The main level consists of four steps located in the central vacuum described above. The secondary access is proposed as an extension to the terrace garden.


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