Designed by architect Max Núñez and majestically landscaped by Alejandra Marambio, the Cachagua, Chile, Ghat House (previously known as House Z) is located on a mountain slope with a 25º inclination. The steep slope leading into the Pacific Ocean served as direct muse for Ghat House, its design, structure and room organization were determined by the topography.
Max Núñez Ghat House in Cachagua, Chile is the South American home for Tony Stark types
The inclined surface of the roof runs parallel to the natural slope of the site, supported by 15 pillars, each unique, and each softening up the harshness and brutalist concrete structure. The unusually proportioned, asymmetrical large staircase weaves in and out of Max Núñez Architect’s Ghat House, dominating both visually and as a physical feature. But truly, it’s the topography, defined by the slope which forces Max Núñez to organise the interior spaces of recently completed 340 m² meter Ghat House according to the steepness of the slope, creating interior spaces of varying levels with different sizes and heights.
Even the pillars of different sizes and shapes are constructed to support the interior levels with its own exacting structural needs. Individual geometries and shapes make each structural column and turns it into a heterogeneous feature in its own right, avoiding structural monotony in usual pillar support design. Ghat House uses its columns to frame the landscape, carefully cultivated by Alejandra Marambio, to amazing effect.
Four lighter areas cladded in wood interfere with the surface of Max Núñez’s Ghat House roof and the space below it. Three of areas volumes contain the private rooms, while the fourth, smaller in dimension, contains direct access to the roof. These volumes are located under, beside, and above the roof, like the dynamic staircase weaving in and out of the Cachagua Ghat House establish ambiguous relations between the private and public areas of the house.
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