Instead of actually going on vacation this week, I will be dreaming from my land-locked city of employment, and writing each day about a beach house where I would rather be frequently applying sunblock and taking many unneeded naps. The first is this Beach House at Cerro Tacna designed by dNR Arquitectos. Located on the Chilean coast, the vacation home is modern without being too flashy or severe– staying comfortable without fading into the row of holiday homes that line the beach.
The project is constructed as a platform with three enclosed volumes (two above and one below), giving both views and privacy to visitors. The architect describes the project as being built from “impregnated pine wood” which I am guessing means that the lumber has been pressure treated? Or maybe it’s actually pregnant and the path to the beach is littered with pine cones. The diagonal supports are an obviously striking feature, and I like the contrast between them and the horizontal living volumes.