Monk House by John Christopher Valenzuela and Eduardo Rivera

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Located in 10733 Monk Street, Barnstaple, Santiago de Chile the Monk House was designed by Juan Cristobal Valenzuela Leighton and Eduardo Rivera Barros in 2007. The assignment is a home for a family with 3 children, located in a field facing northeast corner that has an oscillation of 3m west – east. Where the project is located is characterized by the presence of a hill of medium height, with abundant vegetation, which constitutes the eastern boundary of the sector.

As background on the site was a house that was not in good condition and did not meet the needs of new owners, but had an important element that led to this project: a small balcony very sunny, which allowed raising canopy, above the roofs of other homes and with views over the surrounding landscape.

In this way, the tour of the house starts by accessing the upper deck level of the platform, facing a concrete volume in which are more public spaces (living – dining room). Within this volume, the space is defined by continuous windows overlooking the terrace and landscape in the background. The space from the upper floor is an envelope of concrete walls that aren’t reaching the ground, so that they function as beams that allow uninterrupted windows in all directions and maintain a close relationship with the terraces.


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